Biz Break: "Arrested Development" Might Get One More Season and A Movie.
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Biz Break: "Arrested Development" Might Get One More Season and A Movie.

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | August 28, 2013 | Comments ()


Spawn, based on Todd McFarlane’s comics, is that Michael Jai White vehicle from 1997. I feel like most of us were excited that a black superhero was finally getting a big budget movie. By 1997 standards, I guess Spawn wasn’t really terrible. Alas, it certainly does not hold up to repeated viewing. Especially now, in 2013. Ugh. Those 1997 effects, it turns out, actually weren’t very special.


Now we have the re-re-resurgence of the superhero flick as a moneymaker, bringing back McFarlane and the buzz for his reboot of the film. At Comic-Con, Jamie Foxx revealed his interest in being burned to death as Al Simmons/Spawn. McFarlane says that he has to have a script turned in by 2014 and that he plans to make Spawn an R-rated movie on a modest budget, reducing the box office burden and heading off the drop in audience due to the rating.

McFarlane has addressed the delay, stating that “The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavors off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. Everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.’” He needs Todd Time.

Speaking of something taking FOREVER, Tomorrowland now has an official synopsis. If you can recall, Tomorrowland stars George Clooney and has director and writer Brad Bird, as well as co-writers Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. The plot has been kept super secret squirrel for a while now, with only strange pieces of news trickling out here and there. For instance, Clooney’s character being banned from Tomorrowland and a female robot. Let’s have a look at that official synopsis!

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”

I don’t know that specific is the word that I would use for that.

Tomorrowland also stars Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (Dark Shadows) and Thomas Robinson (The Switch). I still have no idea what is happening in it.

Finally, Mitch Hurwitz thinks he can reassemble the entire cast for an “Arrested Development” movie and a fifth season. However, Hurwitz doesn’t own the rights to AD. 20th Century Fox owns them. That’s likely going to be a problem.

Personally, the fourth season is the only season I haven’t watched repeatedly and it took me an inordinate amount of time to power through one the first go-round. I feel like the fourth season was written like a movie, shot like a series, and was disappointing in the amount of Bluth interaction.

I understand the difficulty in procuring the entire cast at the same time, as Jason Bateman was busy making movies, Will Arnett was busy with mediocre television shows, and Michael Cera was spreading his wings as a movie creeper. More important than that, the show and the way it was presented caused it to drag for me. It actually felt like a chore to get through some of the episodes and that sucks. So, here’s hoping Hurwitz can pull this thing off.

Because I still miss those crazy Bluths.


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  • LouieJK

    Honest to Christ. I loved Arrested, kind of enjoyed the Netflix season even but Hurwitz is showing himself to be a one-trick pony. How many times is he going to keep going to this well? How many times can "news" of the movie be "broken"?

    I know it's sacrilegious to go against the herd mentality over Arrested but really. Am I the only one who's getting bored of it?

  • feelsgoodman

    Correction, Michael Cera is busy doing all the Cocaine.

  • Ian Fay

    For a decent look at Spawn, HBO had an animated series at one point that I remember as pretty good.

    It was on at midnight on Fridays, I believe, and was a dark, violent, etc as you'd expect it to be, which is appropriate for the character.

  • dizzylucy

    I haven't really re-watched AD again either. I binged on it, and know I need to go back about 10 times to catch everything, but I can't stop looking at it as one big chunk as if I have to binge again, and just haven't had time.
    Regardless, whatever they decide to make, I'm there.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I like Jamie Foxx and all, but Spawn should be Micheal Jai White again. He's too talented to be in straight to DVD sequels of Ving Rhames movies.

  • Batesian

    If Michael Jai White is gonna revisit any of his past work, it damn well better be for another Black Dynamite movie.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I'll pass. I loved Black Dynamite, but didn't really care for the cartoon series. I'd rather just remember the amazing original than sit through a presumably half assed sequel.

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    It was on at midnight on Fridays, I believe, and was a dark, violent, etc as you'd expect it to be, which is appropriate for the character.

  • Batesian

    Cartoon =/= movie.

    Just look at the reverse case with Spawn.

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