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WonderCon 2009: Mitch Hurwitz Provides Arrested Development Movie Update March 1, 2009 6:30 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, News, Television.
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arresteddevelopment-120408During the panel presentation for Mitch Hurwitz’s new Fox animated show Sit Down, Shut Up on, the Arrested Development creator was asked by the moderator if he could provide an update on the highly-anticipated movie adaption of the show.  Here’s what Hurwitz said:

“Here’s what’s going on with the movie,” Hurwitz told the audience of his fans. “Everyone goes off and has careers and that kind of thing, so it’s been a little challenging to schedule everybody together, but everyone who has agreed to make this movie has agreed to make this movie, and we’re going to make the movie. I haven’t written it yet, so I’ll be accepting pitches. We’re determined to do this.”

“It was a great joy and privilege, all kidding aside, to do a show that took risks and with such a wonderful cast and wonderful writers,” he continued. “For us, it’s irresistible. Here’s an interesting thing about it. When we did the show, one of the things that really made it work is that we didn’t hold ourselves up to any standard. We got a lot of positive critical recommendations, but we even kind of ignored those and just did what was funny to us, and kind of remained the underdog in a great way. It was very clear early on that we weren’t going to be a big hit, so it really was a labor of love. Now suddenly, there is a bar to hit. I think the key to this is once we get as many pieces as we’re going to, which appears we have, we’ll just dive in and have fun and see if we can create the same thing. But we’re excited about it.”

Source: ComingSoon.net


Michael Cera Finally On Board for Arrested Development Movie February 25, 2009 3:04 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, Fox, Fox Searchlight, Movies, News, Television.
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michaelcerageorgemichael-022509Awesome.  After months of indicating he wasn’t interested in doing a feature-length version of the hilarious, if not successful, Fox comedy Arrested Development, E! Online’s Kristin reports that Michael Cera has apparently buckled to pressure and agreed to board the project.  Kristin further reports that the movie may go into production as early as the end of the year.  Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz is writing and directing the script.  Fox Searchlight is the studio.

A later update has a reaction from one of the series’ star, Portia de Rossi, who when asked why there was such a hold up with Cera’s casting replied: “I don’t know, I honestly don’t. I spoke to Jason Bateman and Will Arnett; I think it was just a matter of timing. I don’t know.”