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

By Jodi Smith | Industry | August 28, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | August 28, 2013 |

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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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.