There is so much that has been unclear about the Arrested Development film that the name of the series on which it is based really seems appropriate. Rumors had surfaced that the script was being written, and then it was put on hold because several of the stars were too busy and unwilling to reprise their role (cough, Michael Cera, cough).
However, fans of the series can rest assured as The Hollywood Reporter announces that the pre-production process for the film is back on track. The television show’s director/producer Mitch Hurwitz is working on a script with co-writer James Vallely. Hurwitz will also direct the film.
Nothing is being reported about whether or not the central actors have signed on, but in the past Hurwitz has reported that they weren’t even going to discuss a script until the major players had confirmed. Jason Bateman and Will Arnett have already made it clear that they would be interested in being a part of the film. Michael Cera was the only actor who was uncertain, but this announcement seems to imply that he may be returning to the Bluth family.
Arrested Development has become my sick pleasure. That sounds bad, so let me clarify – whenever I’m home sick I make it my goal to plow through a season or two of the short-lived Fox television show. As excited as I am for the prospect of a big screen adaptation, I’d take a revival of the television series any day. However, with the high profile status the stars have been elevated to, don’t expect them to return to TV anytime soon.