For a long time, the folks at Fox have been teasing television fans with the prospect of an Arrested Development film. And while that film is probably closer than it has ever been to becoming a reality, we have long held it as one of those movies that “would be fun” and nothing more. Heck, even members of the unfortunately canceled show came out very publicly to say that they would “love to do it.”
It is just another in a long line of projects that seem to die as stains on the blue dresses of executive assistants all over the 20th Century Fox lot. And now, at least as far as this reporter can tell, we can add a Family Guy movie to that list. In talking with Wired at an event to celebrate the show’s 100th episode, creator Seth McFarlane made mention that both he and the studio are very interested in bringing Peter Griffin and family to the big screen:
“Fox wants it. We know what we want to do with it. It’s just a question of finding the time. That’s why The Simpsons took so many years to do theirs. It wasn’t because they didn’t know what they wanted to do with it. They just couldn’t fit it into the schedule.”
“…we’re finding time where we can. We’re in the early stages right now.”
This isn’t the first time that McFarlane has mentioned a feature film for the Griffin family, though. As any attentive fan might note, he mentioned it at length on a recent appearance on the Adam Carolla Podcast, even going as far as to mention some potential live-action, er, action.
MCFARLANE: I can say with definitive assuredness that it will be out. Within the next few years. We already know what it’s gonna be. We’ve been trying to lock into something that makes it so that it has to be a movie, as opposed to an extended Family Guy episode. And I like the Simpson’s Movie, but that’s something they could do with animation on TV because they’re not constrained by sets. [...] You have to find some way to make it so that it has to be a movie.
CAROLLA: Are you hinting at some live action?
MCFARLANE: Possibly, possibly. Here and there. It will not be a 90-minute Family Guy episode.
In the end I think we can all agree that like The Simpsons before it, a Family Guy film could be a lot of fun. Then again, that is what Fox wants us to think, isn’t it?
What do you think about a Family Guy movie?