Is Arrested Development Back? For Real?

I wouldn’t normally report on anything Arrested Development-related, because most news items involving the beloved-and-yet-cancelled-prematurely TV series are just rumours designed to both appeal and disappoint fans, but this piece of news seems to have some legitimacy behind it. Word has it that Arrested Development will be returning with ten episodes and a movie sometime in the 2013-2014 time frame. Jason Bateman himself has tweeted “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!” On top of that, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bateman said that he was frustrated he couldn’t give any more details, but that in all likelihood, the movie would start shooting early next year. Here’s a video to that effect:

While this is a pretty far cry from an official confirmation announcement, it does seem like now, more than ever, a fourth season of Arrested Development and a movie are both in the cards. Even series creator Mitchell Hurwitz has chimed in, saying: “I don’t like to toy with the affections of our fans. They’ve been so supportive and we’re so grateful, so I kind of hate to answer the question until I can say, ‘Yep, we’ve shot it, it opens next week’. Otherwise it feels like we’re toying with people and we do not mean to do that. It has just taken a while to get it going.”

On top of that, Jeffrey Tambor (who plays George Bluth Sr. and his twin brother Oscar) has recently said “It’s all going straight, everyone’s on board, I know they’re writing, and maybe next time this year we’ll be having this conversation.”

This is all quite promising, and more so than ever before. But, as always, I will remain skeptical until I see some indication that this project is moving forward. As with other projects I would love to see happen, such as Evil Dead 4, these things tend to be talked about but never realized.

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