Jason Bateman On Arrested Development Movie: "It Is Not Dead"

During the Extract panel in Hall H today, Jason Bateman was on stage and the inevitable quesiton came up: what's up with the Arrested Development movie? Bateman didn't have any breaking news, but said specifically "it is not dead. There is no reason to think that it is dead." Bateman explained that series creator Mitch Hurwitz has been too busy with television work to write the film, but that now that those obligations are out of the way he could be writing soon.

So when are we actually going to hear about the film, and what's the iea going to be?

It could be as early as the next six months or as late as 18. Mitch hasn't told me what he has in mind. As fans of the show know, you can look at the very last scene of the last episode, [which] kind of dovetails into what the film could be. Maybe pitches to Ron Howard the idea about making a show about the family. He says "no, that wouldn't work, but maybe a movie." Read into that what you will.