Early last month we got the exciting news that there would not just be new Arrested Development episodes, but there would also be a full-fledged motion picture. And today, we’re happy to report that indeed the show will start rolling out new episodes; however, we’ll have to wait until the first half of 2013. And to those of you who are still angry with Netflix for upping their rates and shuffling their distribution structure, you might want to think twice about canceling your subscription. Because that’s the only way you’ll be able to see Arrested Development.
“Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
In October, the show’s creator Mitchell Hurwitz told an excited audience about their plans for the show and movie at the New Yorker Festival in Manhattan, as was reported by New York Times arts writer Dave Itzkoff.
And cast member Will Arnett confirmed it via Twitter, in his own special way: “I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie.” And Bateman, himself, followed up with a few words on Twitter: “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”
The New Yorker Festival this afternoon found Hurwitz rejoined with AD cast at a panel lead by moderator Nancy Franklin. Hurwitz got as specific as anyone had gotten about the subject since the Fox show left the air five years ago. According to the New York Times, Hurwitz said:
We don’t completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing. Just creatively, I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together.
We’re trying to do a limited-run series into the movie. After a wave of excited applause died down, he continued: “We’re basically hoping to do 9 or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.
Before October, the last we heard anything slightly definitive about an AD movie, it was from the mouth of David Cross. In late August, the comedian and AD cast member told Keith Olbermann that there was a decent chance the flick would happen.