Arrested Development, the greatest ever television show in the history of time (including all possible programs developed in parallel universes), is almost definitely on the way to movie screens.
The stars have confirmed it, Fox Searchlight has officially been attached, and even narrator/producer Ron Howard has said he’ll be involved.
However, creator Mitch Hurwitz has confirmed in a recent interview that he will not start writing a script until the entire cast has signed on.
Whoa! That means a cast member is holding out on us! Well, we know it’s not Jason Batemen, Jeffrey Tambor or Jessica Walter, because they’ve all been spruiking the movie since the show was cancelled in 2006.
“I don’t want to talk about who is holding out right now because we might still work that out and I don’t want to pressure anyone through the press. Although I will say that Will Arnett is gung-ho, so there’s a big clue!”
Mikey Cera!?! What are you thinking man?! These people made you, and you’re turning your back on them! If it wasn’t for Arrested Development, do you think you would have been cast in Superbad or Juno? Why, Michael! We loved you! Loved! You!
Ahem. Obviously this is an overreaction. It’s very likely Michael Cera’s schedule for the next two years has simply been filled up (as we said, he’s kind of successful these days). However, it’s also possible he wants to shed his awkward image of George Michael Bluth, particularly as criticism of his clumsy shtick reaches fever pitch. He may consider an Arrested Development film a step backwards.
I think it’s safe to say that even if Cera is out, the Arrested Development movie will go ahead. Knowing Hurwitz, his non-involvement will be continually addressed ironically within the film.
However, would it still be Arrested Development without George Michael? The father-son relationship between Bateman and Cera was the core of the show, and let’s face it – no one could pull off a borderline-obsessive/incestuous crush like Mike.
Maybe they need to sweeten the deal with a Jack Welch suit and Quicken Premiere. Or a copy of Les Cousins Dangereux on DVD.