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It's a Great Day for the Chicken Dance

Cock-a-Cock-a-Cock-a-Cock / Dustin Rowles

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For the last year or so, there have been so many false starts, scares, teases, and rumors about a possible Arrested Development movie that we’d decided to stop reporting on all of them. There’s only so much cinematic genitalia (cinegalia) teasing y’all can handle, I expect. So, last week when Jeffrey Tambor went on the record as saying there really was going to be an Arrested Development movie, I tabled it, reasoning that Michael Cera’s recent comment that he had no knowledge of a movie nor any plans to participate in it basically evened it all out.

But then, this week, “Arrested Development’s” executive producer and narrator, Ron Howard, threw some fuel into the fire when he said during a press junket that, yes, he “hopes” there will be a movie:

“I really hope we do it,” Howard enthused. “The reason there’s been so much back and forth is… well, for two reasons, is the business understanding coming from the studio side was not clear, so even though we were wanting to do it and said, ‘Yeah, maybe we could’ but things weren’t defined. I think that’s really come into focus in the last week or so. Mitch’s full-on commitment to not only write it but direct it is something he’s been wrestling with, he’s been launching a TV show at the same time, so he couldn’t let it really be at the forefront of his mind creatively. It is now. He seems very committed. We still don’t have a script. Yeah, he’s got some great ideas, and the cast seemed very excited about it and I certainly am. I’m very, very hopeful—more hopeful now than ever—that it’s really going to happen.”

So what does this all mean? Nothing, really. It may or may not happen. I was just tickling your cinegalia again. You’ll probably get cinematic blue balls now (cineballs!). Really, it’s just an excuse to do the chicken dance.



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