Seriously, "Arrested Development" has become cinema's most prominent white whale. The fans -- myself included -- still cry about the unjust cancellation of the TV series, not to mention the fact that it wasn't picked up by anyone else despite pleas to that effect woven into the text of the final episodes. Creator Mitch Hurwitz has mentioned his movie plans, the cast members have been clear in expressing their willingness to participate, the fans continue to clamor for it... the continued absence of an "Arrested Development" movie is as baffling as it is frustrating.
Now there are a pair of new updates, from Jason Bateman and Tony Hale -- Michael and Buster Bluth on the show -- that the "Arrested" movie train continues to roll. The short answer is this: Hurwitz is still working on the script and there won't be any "next steps" taken until he's done. In other words, nothing's really changed. Want to know who said what and how? Hit the jump.
In an interview with New York Magazine, Hale said "I talked to Mitch [Hurwitz] about a week and a half ago, and he’s in the middle of writing it. Everybody’s onboard and I think right now it’s just a matter of getting everybody’s schedule on the same page. And then just finishing the script."
Encouraging words, yeah? Okay, I know... Buster is kind of a dimwit among the Bluths. So maybe you don't want to take Hale's word for it. What about Michael? He's not just the captain of the great ship Bluth, he's also the rudder, the till and the whole damn hull. What does he have to say on Hurwitz's progress?
"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," Bateman told Collider in a recent interview.
Bateman also addressed some of the rumor-mongering that's followed "Arrested Development" since its cancellation. "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 [Hurwitz is] done writing it," Bateman said. I'm going to respectfully disagree with Bateman here; as a fan of the show, I grab hold of any little piece of info I can get my grubby little hands on.
Have you given up the ghost on an "Arrested Development" movie? Do these quotes from Hale and Bateman encourage you?