When the cast and crew of the canceled “Party Down” reunited with fans in Austin at the Alama Drafthouse for a viewing party, and the rumor of a movie adaptation flopped out of the event like Ron’s porntastic member, I poo-poo’d the idea as being as unlikely as both “Veronica Mars” and “Arrested Development” before it. So, when Dustin reported that the latter show’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz, “announced” a new TV mini-series that would serve as a prequel to the long-rumored-to-be-gestating movie, there was every reason to be skeptical about the actual likelihood of either happening, much less both. This was true in spite of Tweets coming from series stars Jason Bateman and Will Arnett that vaguely confirmed the news. There was no reason to really believe this was any more real than it had ever been before.
That was prior to both Netflix and Showtime making their own public statements that they were independently contending for the rights to broadcast the likely 10-episode season, and now Hulu has thrown its hat into the Tiny Town arena. After all, it became one of the site’s most watched series practically the moment it debuted. Vulture is also reporting that wherever the new “Arrested Development” episodes land, the budget will be shared with the movie, which would be shot concurrently, and both would be paid for via 20th Century Fox and the winning content provider. It also appears that long-time hold-out Michael Cera never actually was a long-time hold-out, but is just a big Andy Kaufman fan and the whole thing was a prank?
Whether that’s true or Cera realized he was always the once and future George Michael, this is as close to a legitimate confirmation of an Arrested Development movie that we’ve ever had. That he new series concept of each installment focusing on a single Bluth family member is already laid out and intrinsically cheaper than a standard “AD” episode, and Hurwitz’s claims that neither the TV show nor the movie can happen without the other, the cries of wolf may finally be real.
On behalf of Dustin and myself, I would like to say it’s entirely possible that we’ve made a huge mistake…
Then again, until sets are built and cameras are rolling, nothing is set in stone. Or, if you rather, solid as a rock.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the podcast We’re Not Fanboys, and tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar. He hopes this isn’t the time he’s making a huge mistake, because now he’s kind of excited about an “Arrested Development” movie again and he had just gotten over the show’s premature cancellation.