'Arrested Development' creator: Movie may be out this year

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The myth of the Arrested Development movie has started to seem like a protracted Andy Kaufman-style prank being perpetuated by the show’s producers and cast, endlessly dropping on-again, off-again hints that the movie is indeed, possibly really coming.

Well, here’s creator Mitch Hurwitz with one of the firmest statements on the subject yet:

“We’ve started that process and it is our sincere hope to shoot it this year and get it out this year,” Hurwitz said to Digital Spy.


Could fall 2011 really see the Bluth family in theaters?

Of course, nobody makes an Arrested movie proclamation without some hedging:

“That’s what we’re hoping,” he continues, “but a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen… 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.”

No, we’re not feeling toyed with. No, no, not at all.

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  • LW

    this sounds fantastic but i’ll believe it when i see it

    • James D

      LW you’ve banana-grabbed the words right out of my mouth

      • Jeannie


      • tracy bluth

        Why would a banana grab another banana? Those are the kinds of questions I don’t want to answer.

      • Mole

        I should never have sold the animation rights…

    • Robert

      I’m sure everyone will be laughing, and riding, and cornholing except Buster!

      • J

        You know Buster will always be there to lend… A HAND!!!

    • Claire

      Same here. I was just wondering if they were really doing a movie today. I REALLY hope this is true, that would literally be the best thing ever.

    • The C Word

      Ronny Howard is a powerful man in Hollywood. The Bluths were homestead developers…They should have plenty to comment on today as a series on Showtime or please HBO spend some money for a year of progrums!!!!

  • Tye-Grr

    Dear lord, I hope this is true! And more than anything, I hope it lives up to the show’s legacy.

  • ecuamerican

    What would be even more amazing: that they would produce, write, shoot and edit the movie ALL SECRETLY. And, then one Monday morning, non-chalantly send out a press release saying it is being released that Friday. No marketing, no heads up, NOTHING. It would be one of the biggest (but positive, for a change) viral and PR storms in movie/ TV history.

    • Sean

      That would be better than waking up on Christmas morning as a child

    • Damien

      They call that “pulling a Radiohead”

    • Dream Out Loud

      The only ad should be:

      movie ticket: $10
      small popcorn: $4
      small soda: $3.50
      extra club sauce: priceless.

  • Jose


  • tracy bluth

    I’ve been disappointed by Hurwitz’s last two projects (“Sit Down Shut Up” and “Running Wilde”), but I would still love an AD film.

    • mjg

      Damn. I wanted to like “Running Wilde” so badly, girl.

  • Alex Stone

    I just blue myself!

    • tracy bluth

      There’s got to be a better way to say that.

      • Chris

        Alex, you blow hard!

  • Barney

    Yeah, like, like the guy in the three thousand dollar suit is gonna believe this movie is happening before they actually start shooting…. COME ON!!

    • Deena

      : )

  • Monty

    I just blue myself.

    • Monty

      ah you beat me to it Alex…now i just sound like a copy cat. At least i didn’t say “First!”…

  • PennyBeGood

    I was just telling my husband yesterday that I’ve lost faith that this movie will ever get made. Seems like I’ve made a huge mistake.

    • E.

      A huge tiny mistake!

  • Robert

    I’m a little ambivalent about AD in a movie format. Those 23 minutes seemed perfect.

    • Silk Spectre

      Hopefully it will feel like a bunch of episodes put together. At least that’s what I would like.

    • Mole

      Yeah, but when was the last time you watched less than 3 in one sitting?

  • Erin

    I just blue myself with excitement.

  • Patty

    Who’d like a banger in the mouth? Right, I forgot, here in the States, you call it a sausage in the mouth.

    • laura

      Sausage. We just call it a sausge.

    • MCS

      We shan’t be telling you mother about this shall we.

      • Megan


  • Kalick

    I heard Duke Nuke’em Forever was coming out this year also. Don’t believe everything you read!

    • godzilla_foil

      Hey, that was a freebie…

  • Kristin

    You can toy with me all you want as long as you DELIVER!! I can only watch 3 seasons of dvds for so long, people! Although somehow…i discover new hilarity with each additional viewing…

    • Matt

      Kristin! I am right there! I love finding new stuff when I re-watch.

      • doctoro

        most rewatchable show ever made. I just recently noticed something new and I’ve seen every episode 100 times. I remember thinking,”the money I spent on these dvd’s is the best money I’ve ever spent. Huzzah!”

  • Brian

    What you think a guy in a four thousand dollar suit is going to believe that? COME ON!!

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