March 24, 2017

“Arrested Development” movie half-written, according to creator Mitch Hurwitz


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Remember that often-promised, rarely-guaranteed “Arrested Development” movie that cast member David Cross declared would never happen? Well, it might actually happen.

And not only that, the script might be halfway done.

That’s what creator Mitch Hurwitz told reporters gathered at the Television Critics Association press tour, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“The reason I’ve been so cagey is fans have been so (eager about it). I really want to do it,” Hurwitz said. “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.”
He’s right about the film’s money-making potential, or lack thereof. “Arrested Development” defines the term “cult hit.” It’s audience is rabid but small. The Emmy-winning comedy ran for three seasons on Fox before the network pulled the plug. The show has since developed a stronger fan base thanks to DVD rentals and sales, but we’re still not talking “Transformers” money.

Still, if Hurwitz and his cast — which includes seriously funny people like Cross, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter and the great Jeffrey Tambor — want to reunite for the fans, we say more power to them. Just keep the budget down, and the studio should be pleased.
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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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