Since its cancellation in 2006, fans of the extremely cult-hit Arrested Development have been clamoring for a film continuation to their beloved series. In the years since, the project has been off and on more times than Edward and Bella’s wedding plans, but today series creator Mitch Hurwitz, along with the rest of the cast at The New Yorker Festival dropped some news that should send all fans into a tail spin.
If the announcement is to believed, it has been confirmed that the series is set to return for a 9-10 episode mini-series that would lead directly into a motion picture. The mini-series would serve the purpose of explaining what all the various lead characters have been doing for the last five years and each episode would focus on a single character.
In addition to this, Deadline was able to obtain information that Showtime and Netflix were in talks with 20th Century Fox Television (who owns the property) to broadcast the mini-series which is supposedly set for an early 2013 air date.
Got all that? Good, because here’s the hitch…
There is not a single deal in place yet to confirm this story. Every single thing that has come out of this sounds more like wishful thinking by the creative/acting team than actual fact.
If anything, it should be interpreted as Hurwitz’s way of pushing things forward and getting negotiations started. By announcing to the world “this is happening” he can strike while the iron is hot and walk into a meeting and say “we already announced it, so lets do it.”
As of now, until a deal is actually struck, all of this is just talk and nothing more. And that is something that should be kept in mind.