It pains me to report such news, but if actor and comedian David Cross is to be believed — and we have no reason not to believe him at this point — the Arrested Development movie is dead in the water. It’s one of those hopeful projects that has been strung along for years, held up by the positive energy of a spited fanbase and the optimistic red carpet blurbs of a very large, very talented cast. Sadly, today’s blurb comes from one of those talented people — and the prognosis is not good.
“It’s not official, but I just don’t think it’s going to happen,” Cross told TV Squad. “Way too much time it’s been [since the show ended]. I mean, there’s so many people involved. Everyone’s doing their own thing, you know. And everybody’s aged. It’s just not going to happen.”
The last solid update that we’ve received on Arrested Development was last fall during the Austin Film Festival, when Mitch Hurwitz said that he was working on a second draft of the script. Actor Will Arnett said as late as January that he expects the film to shoot sometime this year. All of that seems negated by Cross’ comments. Then again, this could all be clever spin-control on the part of the AD clan, as they have been out of the news. And without being in the news, there is no fan energy around the project. And where there is no energy, there is no money. And no money means no movie, naturally. Read into that what you will. Either way, word on the street is that Arrested Development is in a state of… well, you get the idea.