‘Arrested Development’ Screenplay Officially In The Works, Water Still Wet

Like many of you, I’ve been of the mind that the much discussed “Arrested Development” movie was never going to happen, particularly given recent comments from Jason Bateman himself. But apparently, one should never say never, particularly where never-nudes are concerned.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that the “Arrested Development” film is a go, with series mastermind Mitch Hurwitz and co-executive producer James Vallely working on the screenplay as we speak. The film will be produced by Imagine and Fox Searchlight, with Hurwitz himself set to direct.

According to THR’s report, the “Arrested Development” movie never quite got off the ground because Hurwitz was waiting for the show’s entire acting roster to commit before he’d write the screenplay. Many rumors pinned the blame on Michael Cera for allegedly holding up the process, but it now appears that the actor — and the rest of the Bluth clan — are on board.

That’s as best as I can see it, at least. Honestly, I’m having a hard time getting excited about this bit of “Arrested Development” news, given how many false starts the project has had already. Seriously, development on the movie almost feels more problematic than the show’s own woes at Fox during the twilight of its run. Even with the THR revelations, I’m not convinced the the movie is really all that much closer to a reality.

Beyond that, I was actually very satisfied with the creative conclusion of the show. Every character has a closed, full circle resolution fitting of a series finale, and as a result, I’m not particularly desperate for more adventures with the Bluth clan. That’s why I have my DVDs — I can relive the old days over and over as often as I want, and the jokes will never get old.

As Larry David described it during last night’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” reunion projects are very rarely a good idea — and while I have total faith in Hurwitz’s ability to craft a hilarious new “Arrested Development” story, I’m not exactly sure that I need to see it at this point.

Do you think the “Arrested Development” movie is actually going to happen, or is this just another false start? Do you still want to see the film at this point? Let us know in the comments section!