If you're a longtime Arrested Development fan, you've taken many a ride on a particular emotional roller coaster. You've shouldered the waiting and wondering about the possibility of one movie: the movie about a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.
Life seems to be imitating art in the form of creator Mitchell Hurwitz who, not unlike his protagonist Michael, admits he walks a fine line in maintaining the Bluth family's appeal and stability onscreen.
Hurwitz sat down with Rolling Stone and cautiously described his progress:
I’m working on the movie right now. I can’t get into much more detail because I don’t want to scare anybody off. I don’t want to be presumptuous about it. I don’t own the property outright – it’s a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie.
There is no greenlight on the project (in fact, the imdb page could be described as hopefully vacant at best), but Hurwitz is pushing forward.
I’m hoping it happens as soon as possible. But I want to be very careful about not putting out false information. I want to get a time and tell everybody when it’s happening and not play with people. Right now, I’m trying to do something else for Netflix and a movie project and things. I’m always sort of superstitious about talking about this stuff before it happens. It’s the best way to guarantee it doesn’t happen.
Hurwitz is interested in pursuing a fifth season on Netflix, but not before a film is made.
A TV season is a six-month commitment. But I think it would be very doable to get them together for four or five weeks to make a movie.
That is, if the film is a success.
The whole thing is sort of unprecedented. It’s always been its own little thing. I kind of feel like the more it stays original, the better chance it has. As soon as it goes back to trying to do exactly what it was before, you run the risk of doing a reunion show or something.
It's nice to know the creator himself is just as concerned about maintaining the integrity of his project and staying away from roads that might lead to regret...
For me, Arrested Development has definitely always been better when its drama plays out organically - like true dysfunction. I might lose a hand for saying so, but season 4 didn't hook me like I'd hoped. Focusing on one character per episode made everything a little slow and, at times, haplessly redundant. A movie might be a step in the right direction, since a running time of two hours could only accommodate a cozy, combined family affair.
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