This has been rumored ever since FOX committed a grievous crime against humanity and canceled the series back in 2006, but Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman are now confirming that Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard are putting together an Arrested Development movie (via Zywicki). I’ve loved few things the way I loved Arrested Development, from Tobias’ snappy metaphors (“even if it means me taking a chubby, I will suck it up”), to G.O.B.’s pride in his profession (“”Illusion,” Michael. A trick is something a whore does for money.”), so obviously this please me to no end.
And the thing is, I think it’ll be really commercially successful, more so than if it had been released in 2006. Bateman’s been in several hits this past year, from Smokin’ Aces to The Kingdom to Juno, and between Superbad and Juno Michael Cera is becoming quite the star himself (though he’ll always be George Michael to me). Others haven’t been as blessed; Will Arnett’s produced a good number of comedies in the interim, mostly bombs (Let’s Go to Prison, The Brothers Solomon, Hot Rod) and only one big hit (Blades of Glory), and David Cross found success with, ugh, Alvin and the Chipmunks. But still, I think Juno showed that there’s enough fandom for the Bluths to make a sleeper hit, so here’s hoping that’s what the Arrested Development movie becomes.