'Arrested' Cast Plays Chicken
Oh, it feels so good to laugh again!
At least that's how I feel after watching Portia de Rossi and Will Arnett recreate their notorious chicken dance at yesterday's New Yorker Television Festival. But that isn't the only reason I'm so clucking excited.
The real news out of the Festival is that creator Mitch Hurwitz outlined a plan which would bring Arrested Development back to television (taste the happy!) with a 10-episode run to serve as a prelude to the movie that fans have been willing into existence since the Emmy-winning series went off the air in 2006.
"It's true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie," star Jason Bateman Tweeted after the event. "Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early '13. VERY excited!"
While this is the plan (and "80 percent set," according to the creator), Hurwitz did issue a word of warning: "We don't completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing. Just creatively, I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone's been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together."
And while it’s understandable that fans have begun to feel like this is one enormous long con on the cast & crew's behalf, I've gotta have faith that our continued dedication won't be a giant mistake.