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Oct062011

Arrested Development may finally return as a miniseries and movie

The big news has finally been revealed! Fans have been waiting for an Arrested Development movie for years, and on Oct. 2, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz revealed that the script is about half done and a 9-10 episode miniseries may proceed the movie, with each episode following one of the nine cast members. Hulu and Netflix are already both bidding for online distribution rights to the project. 

“We’re 80 percent of the way to an answer,” Hurwitz vaguely announced, reports the NY Times

Well, that’s…reassuring. Since the underwhelming announcement, many news websites, tweets, Facebook posts and the like have heralded the return of the short lived Fox comedy, despite years of cast and crew alike unable to reveal anything more than their own desire to make the Arrested Development movie (although star Jason Bateman continues to use his Twitter account to jump to conclusions and send fans’ hopes skyrocketing).

As for the "limited run series" of episodes, which would bridge the gap between the five years since the last episode actually aired, Hurwitz has indicated that much of the creative work for the expositional episodes is finished, but ownership of the creative rights is a little too messy for a green light right now. Hulu and Netflix certainly seem to have faith in the rebirth of the Bluth family, however. Both companies are currently competing for distribution rights of a show that has, to say the least, a solid fan base with over one million “likes” on Facebook and over 100 million views on Hulu.

"We’re trying to do a limited-run series into the movie," said Hurtitz. "We’re basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.” The first episode might focus on Buster Bluth, he added. "The latest joke we have is that it’s Cambridge, Mass., and there’s all these scientists in lab coats and they’re waiting for somebody. Buster comes through the door in a white lab coat – 'Let’s begin' – and they say, 'Oh, no, you don’t get to wear the lab coat. We’re experimenting on you.' "

An Arrested Development movie has been long-awaited, and it’s encouraging that the cast is ready and willing to start work, but it’s been five years since the show ended. With nothing more certain today than it was then, it may be time for fans to accept that the banana stand is gone.

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