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‘Arrested Development’ Movie: Mitch Hurwitz Plans Feature Before TV Return

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Though speculation on ‘Arrested Development”s future will never quite reach the same fever pitch as before Netflix’s season 4 revival, it seems series creator Mitch Hurwitz has some surprising plans in store for our beloved Bluths. The creator has apparently committed to making a long-awaited feature film happen, before returning to the franchise for another round of TV ‘Arrested Development!’

The latest update from Rolling Stone sees Hurwitz working primarily on getting the feature film off the ground, acknowledging his inability to make it happen without the blessing of 20th Century Fox, and the in-demand cast’s collaborative return. “I’m working on the movie right now,” says Hurwitz. “I can’t get into much more detail because I don’t want to scare anybody off. I don’t want to be presumptuous about it. I don’t own the property outright – it’s a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie.”

Previously, Hurwitz and Netflix exec Ted Sarandos had essentially confirmed that ‘Arrested Development’ would return in some form, though the ambient chatter suggested an additional Netflix season would be more likely, allowing Hurwitz to take the same fragmented approach in both production and storytelling, regardless of its reception the first time around. ”A TV season is a six-month commitment,” he says. “But I think it would be very doable to get them together for four or five weeks to make a movie.” Says Rolling Stone of the plan:

Plans are obviously in flux at the moment, but Hurwitz’s ultimate goal is to make an Arrested Development movie and then another season of the show. “The whole thing is sort of unprecedented,” he says. “It’s always been its own little thing. I kind of feel like the more it stays original, the better chance it has. As soon as it goes back to trying to do exactly what it was before, you run the risk of doing a reunion show or something.

We’d be hard-pressed to imagine that ‘Arrested Development’ would need another season if the cast got-together for a long-awaited movie, but we’d never look a gift ostrich in the mouth. What do you think? Will the ‘Arrested Development’ movie finally get off its feet, and usher in a new age for the Bluth family? Would we even call it a fifth season? How would you like to see the franchise continue after the recent Netflix revival?

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