Bateman Holds Out Hope For ‘Arrested Development’ Movie

Following on the heels of our just-published story on the quasi-reunion of Michael Cera and Jason Bateman in “Juno”, I wanted to put up some additional news on what might become an “Arrested Development” reunion for real.

“We would all love to get back together and maybe do something with the show in the future,” the former (and possibly future) Michael Bluth said during the interview, revealing that talks are still alive. “But I don’t know when — or how — that would happen.”

“Maybe it could be as a movie or something,” Bateman reasoned, saying that the emergence of “Superbad” star Cera — and improv comedies in general — have created a more welcoming environment for the dysfunctional clan. “We’ll see. We’ll let the adults figure it out.”

Since its cancellation in February 2006, “Development” has sold solidly on DVD. Stars like Will Arnett (“Blades of Glory”), Bateman (“The Kingdom”) and Tony Hale (“Because I Said So”) have graduated to movie careers, while Cera has shown the world what “AD” fans knew for years. “He’s so subtle and so skilled,” Bateman grinned. “He’s like a little marksmen.”

As such, the cast are still encouraged by ongoing industry attempts to bring “AD” back to life. But even if they end up on Showtime, HBO or a theater near you, Bateman doubts that series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his team of writers would take advantage of their newfound freedoms. “We kind of liked being handcuffed a little bit,” he insisted.

“I know we had specific conversations about [continuing to bleep the bad language] in the event that the show went to Showtime,” Bateman said. “Would we eliminate the bleeps on the profanity? Across the board, everybody said, ’No. You keep the bleeps in.’ It’s funnier. I don’t think we would go away from what it was, anymore than maybe some content here and there. But as far as the execution and the format, I think we’d probably stay pretty much the same.”

With any luck, “AD” fans will get some bleepin’ good news real soon.