I was a HUGE fan of Arrested Development when it first aired in…wait, 2003? The fact that it’s been that long is scary, but I suppose it’s a testament to it’s quality that it’s been able to stay in the public consciousness long enough that fans are still clamoring for a film.
Recently, though, it seemed unlikely that we would ever see the fabled Arrested Development movie, as various people connected to the project just shrugged when it was mentioned, said it was ‘in development’ or confessed that it hadn’t exactly been written yet. The ‘Arrested Development in arrested development’ jokes wrote them selves.
Until today! Because star Jason Batemen confirms to Collider that hope is still alive!
Question: What is the state of “Arrested Development”?
Jason Bateman: The script’s being written and when Mitch is done with it we can go to the scheduling part of it which will probably prove to be a bit challenging given the size of the cast.
And they’re all attached?
Jason: He is asked us not to speak about specifics, but that he’s working on it.
It seems like 5 or 6 months there was a lot of momentum. A lot of people talking about the film. And then it seemed like it sort of got a little bit quiet. Everyone’s a little nervous it’s actually happening. Is it, in fact, actually being written right now?
Jason: Yeah. Yeah. That’s never changed. I mean people have guessed and “rumored” and all that other stuff in all areas of the media. I’ve always been a little sort of…I’ve always felt bad that I never had more information to give people when they asked me about it, but I guess people kind of got frustrated by that and they just started kind of making up their own sort of “well, we haven’t heard that much” or “news hasn’t changed so it must be going away”. I don’t know. It sort of took a life of its own on and fatigue started to set in I think about the whole story of it. I mean, there’s really no need to write anything about it at all until he’s done writing it. Once he writes it then, just like any movie, then it becomes something a little bit more real and then you try to figure out scheduling and you try to figure out people’s deals. I mean, it’s got the same life that any other project would have. It has just as much a chance of happening as it does of not happening really.