Posted on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 by Russ Fischer
I half suspect that if the movie news sphere ever goes six months without ‘reporting’ on the nascent Arrested Development movie, the entire internet will collapse upon itself. So in the interest of digital safety, here’s the latest in a series of half-updates that now spans several years. We’ve heard for some time that Mitch Hurwitz was about to start writing the film, and that he was working on it. Now Hurwitz is teasing fans with a tiny bit of actual info.
At the Television Critics Awards, AD creator and principal shepherd Mitch Hurwitz said,
Were writing it; we’re halfway through…The reason I’ve been so cagey is fans have been so [eager about it]. I really want to do it…It’s not going to be a big money maker…It’s going to be fun, like a family reunion. The only stumbling block could be scheduling. Everybody wants to play together.
Hurwitz declined a request to offer up a logline or title, which is probably for the best. Knowing the script is partially written and that the creator still has a passion for the story is enough to set off a wave of speculation about the film. Having any more incomplete info would just lead to crazy speculation.
As far as the idea of scheduling and everyone playing together goes, I can’t wait to see how Hurwitz and Fox Searchlight lure everyone into the same room at the same time. For a lot of films with large casts that might not be such a problem, as many of the actors could be brought in at different times as their schedules allowed. But a trademark of AD was having the ensemble cast all together in big scenes with overlapping jokes and dialogue threads. Everyone will really need to be in the same place at once to make this feel like a continuation of the show. [THR]