Sensing that the oft-told folk legend of a hypothetical Arrested Development movie is beginning to lose the crowd's attention around the comedy nerd campfire, series creator Mitch Hurwitz this weekend took to the New Yorker's Arrested Development reunion panel to further increase the myth of the Bluths. While explaining that any Arrested Development movie would, at this point, need half a film just to give brief, 5-minute expository set-ups for each character, Hurwitz dropped the big news that the hope now is to do a ten-episode limited television run, then do the film. Because there's always money in a television run, except that Fox would probably tell you otherwise in this case.
Perhaps realizing that such a claim is basically like saying you'll produce a dragon right after you bring a pack of unicorns by, Hurwitz then offered up some evidence that this seemingly-mythical fourth season of Arrested Development truly could exist: a sampling from the script, catching us up with Buster:
The first episode, [Hurwitz] said, could focus on Buster Bluth, the deeply neurotic brother played by Tony Hale. "The latest joke we have," Mr. Hurwitz said, "is that it's Cambridge, Mass., and there's all these scientists in lab coats and they're waiting for somebody. Buster comes through the door in a white lab coat - 'Let's begin' - and they say, 'Oh, no, you don't get to wear the lab coat. We're experimenting on you.' "
Of course, as long as a "no touching" policy remains in effect for this new content, now-jaded fan will surely remain skeptical, but if it's any comfort, stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman have since confirmed through Twitter that they pee together and that they "will do 10 episodes and the movie," which instills a lot more confident than the "80 percent of the way to an answer" Hurwitz claimed during the panel. I mean, Party Down's cast is already claiming to be 90% of the way to a return to screens, and that's probably bullshit, so we're going to need an even more outlandish promise if you want to keep our attention at this point, Mitch. Could we get you to throw in some "I Blue Myself" novelty tees, too?
(Thanks, Mr. F)