There are those of us who adored Arrested Development, the Fox series that only lasted two and half season but left behind a huge cult following. It was a bizarre, warped, hilarious show that was gone way too soon. For those of you who missed the show, and there were a lot of you that did, Arrested Development focused on the Bluths, a formerly rich family whose illegal activities had put them in all sorts of trouble with the feds, and Michael, the "one son who had no choice but to keep them all together." If that's not a very good explanation, it's because this show is really beyond explanation. It was a combination of strange subplots (which included a possibly gay husband obsessed with the Blue Man Group, a lawyer who fakes being blind to gain sympathy from jurors, and sexual misunderstandings between family members), humor that never played it safe, and inspired guest stars (which included James Lipton as a prison warden and Justine Bateman as a prostitute that almost sleeps with her brother) that may not have been the biggest ratings hit, but cultivated a loyal audience that couldn't wait to see if the show would make a comeback in some way, shape or form.
In the years since its demise, creator Mitchell Hurwitz has talked about the possibility of a film that continues the Bluth's story. However, the show had made the cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Portia DiRossi and David Cross household names, and it seemed as unlikely that an Arrested Development movie would come together as Michael Bluth turning that boat at the end of the series to help his family out of another jam. But yesterday, at a panel that included the entire cast, Hurwitz announced that he was halfway through writing a script for an Arrested Development feature film that he hopes to start shooting next summer, and that the entire cast had cleared that time off in their schedules so that they would be ready for shooting. Not only that, but Hurwitz announced that the film would be preceded by a limited run series to air next year, possibly on Showtime or exclusively through Netflix, that would bridge the gap between the original series and the film.
Until it happens, I'll be waiting with all of my appendages crossed. After all, getting that many in demand actors on the same schedule for a movie isn't an easy task, so there's still a chance this might not happen. But if anything can get this group together, it's a movie based on one of the greatest, most underappreciated shows in TV history. As George Michael used to say, "It's really happening!"