Will Arnett Still Waiting By Phone For ‘Arrested Development’ Movie Deal

Contributed by Jeff Sneider

When MTV News caught up with Michael Cera in January, the actor labeled the long-gestating “Arrested Development” film as “more hypothetical than people think.” His co-star Will Arnett apparently agrees.

“There’s no script as of right now, but it’s something that Mitch [Hurwitz] is actively working and getting ready for, and we’re hoping to start shooting by the end of the year,” he told us. “I know that’s one of the goals. There are a lot of pieces that have to come together. There are what, like, nine cast members plus various other people like Mitch and Ron Howard, and everybody kind of has to get their brain around this one delicious soufflé.”

Arnett also laughed at the media’s obsession with the idea of a Bluth family reunion on the bigscreen. “God, I’ve never known a movie who’s every step of development has been as closely followed. This movie’s gonna be such a disaster,” joked the actor, who plays devious magician Gob.

“That’s my hope, by the way,” he continued. “Secretly, I want it to be so bad just to be like ‘ya see?’ I don’t really. Sorry, I take that back.” Asked where he’d like to see his character up to in a feature film, Arnett insisted “Don’t leave it up to my imagination, because it will go to Cuckootown really fast.”

Speaking of which, Arnett revealed that the only project he is actively writing right now (with Hurwitz) is a new live-action half-hour show for Fox. “It’s a little too early to comment on what it’s about but it might delve into Cuckoodom a little bit.”

Arnett will return to animation not once but twice more this year. He’ll voice a character on Hurwitz’s new animated Fox show, “Sit Down Shut Up,” which debuts on April 19, and he’ll play a live-action FBI agent this summer in Disney’s animated film “G-Force.”

He’ll also appear opposite Kristen Bell in another Disney project, “When in Rome.”

Are you counting down the hours to an “Arrested Development” film? Or should they leave well enough alone?