In my personal opinion, Arrested Development is one of the best sitcoms I have ever seen. Sure, the last season got a little bit out of hand, but the first couple of seasons were pure comedic dynamite. The careers of Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, and Will Arnett were all pretty much born on this show and all three of them have become some of the best comedic performers working today.

That being said, anyone out there who shares even a little bit of my enthusiasm for the show will be happy to know that a screenplay is in the works. It looks like it is going to be penned by creator Mitchell Hurwitz – who is also in line to direct the film – and one of his co-executive producers James Vallely. The film will be released by Imagine and Fox Searchlight.

Given the success of many of the actors and actresses who appeared on the show, it is hard to believe that they all can be committed to this project, but that seems to be the case. Hurwitz said earlier he wouldn’t commit if he couldn’t have his entire main ensemble of Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat (recently seen in Whip It), and Portia de Rossi. But, considering Hurwitz’s involvement, one must assume the cast is on board.


Anonymous said...

They have had the cast confirmed for some time. Michael Cera was making noise that he didn't want to do it, but he eventually backed down.

I am cautious, but optimistic. I wonder if it will translate to an hour and a half movie.

Danny King said...

@ James D: Good to know the cast is on board. As much as I loved the show, I do share your same concerns about the translation into a movie. It will be interesting to find out what exactly the story of the film is going to be.

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