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Arrested Development fans may be getting what they have long wanted.
At a reunion for the beloved Fox comedy at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday, creator Mitch Hurwitz teased the possibility of continuing the 2003-06 series with a truncated nine- to 10-episode “mini-season” leading up to an Arrested film. The news, for which 20th Century Fox TV declined comment, comes after years of rumblings of a big-screen sequel for the critically acclaimed series starring Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi and Jeffrey Tambor.
“It’s true,” Bateman confirmed on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. “We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13.”
Added Arnett, “I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie.”
The intended plans raise a few red flags, including the packed schedules of its cast. Arnett, for instance, is back on TV with a starring role in NBC’s Up All Night, while Bateman and Michael Cera are inundated with film work. (According to reports from the festival, Hurwitz suggested each episode would focus on a different character from the series so as to avoid the inevitable scheudling issues.)
What’s more, despite its acclaim — the comedy earned six Emmy awards — Arrested never managed to catch on with a broad audience. It was canceled after three seasons, leaving you to wonder whether network executives would be as enthusiastic about the series’ return as the comedy’s loyal fans.
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