Fans of “Arrested Development” have been waiting patiently for a movie version of the television series since the show’s finale in 2006. If word on the street is to be believed, series creator Mitch Hurwitz is hard at work on the screenplay — it’s just a matter of finishing the thing and getting the cast members on the same schedule.
There’s at least one “Arrested Development” alumnus itching to get back into his manchild clothing and false limb — none other than Buster himself, actor Tony Hale. When MTV News spoke with the comedian at the Sundance Film Festival, Hale said that he and every other cast member from the series are eagerly awaiting the script.
“I actually talked to Mitch last week and he’s writing it, and [the cast members] are all on board,” said Hale. “We’re all stoked to do it.”
While Hale is eager to resume his dysfunctional relationship with the rest of the Bluth family, he also feels that waiting could be a good thing.
“I want [Hurwitz] to take his time, because the writing is such a surprise,” he said. “One week you go, okay, a seal is going to bite off your hand. By the way, Liza Minnelli is going to be your girlfriend. There are all these surprises and we want those surprises, so I want to give him as much time [as he needs].”
Speaking of Minnelli — who played Buster’s longtime lover Lucille Two on the show — Hale hopes that she’ll return for the film.
“I would love for Liza to come back,” he said. “She is such a dear. She would sit and tell us stories about her life — it was awesome!”
But Buster might have other plans. During the interview, Hale’s “HappyThankYouMorePlease” co-star Malin Akerman declared her desire to have a role in the “Arrested Development” movie, which Hale was more than happy to accommodate.
“Malin’s going to be Buster’s girlfriend,” he joked. “He’s going from Liza Minnelli to Malin Akerman.”
As far as where he wants Buster to go in the film, Hale said he only had one suggestion for Hurwitz.
“I did mention that I want Buster to be on ’American Idol,'” he said. “But he didn’t like that idea.”
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