Mitch Hurwitz, creator of the critically beloved but low-rated Fox series Arrested Development, has confirmed that a deal is in place with Fox Searchlight to make a big screen adaptation of the series. However, Hurwitz cautions that casting is still not complete, and hints that the rumor that Michael Cera is the one holding up the process is accurate. From FilmCast:
So what of the rumors that new dad Will Arnett and shiny movie star Michael Cera are the only two remaining holdouts?
“I don’t want to talk about who is holding out right now because we might still work that out and I don’t want to pressure anyone through the press,” said Hurwitz. “Although I will say that Will Arnett is gung-ho, so there’s a big clue!”
Hurwitz added that he won’t get to work on a script until the cast he wants is locked up, but he did talk a bit about the possible story and whether or not the film would start where the show ended:
“I think in some respect it would have to pick up where the show left off,” he said. “Maybe the benefit of that would be, if nothing else, just to recap everything. There are a couple of ways to get into it. I was even thinking about a big animated sequence to start. Kind of like how the Blake Edwards movies used to start – to kind of catch everyone up.”
Hurwitz also noted that he hasn’t ruled out a possible prequel movie. Click here to read the entire interview.