The Bluth family is back.
In what can only be described in Tobias Funke-esque terms as “joyous news,” Mitch Hurwitz, creator of “Arrested Development,” announced Sunday that new episodes of the beloved Fox series will be made, along with a long-buzzed-about movie.
The New York Times reports that Hurtwitz — who was joined by all the members of the cast at an “Arrested Development” reunion, held Sunday during the New Yorker Festival — plans to make nine or 10 new episodes. Those episodes will be shot next summer, to be followed by production of the film. The studio backing the project has not yet been identified, nor is it clear which network will broadcast those episodes, which will serve as a prelude to the story told in the movie. Release dates for the episodes and the motion picture also have not been specified.
This announcement stands as the most definitive, publicly shared plan for an “Arrested Development” return since the series went off the air in 2006. It’s also cause for much rejoicing among fans of the show about a flawed, wealthy family, its devoted son and a son-in-law who suffers from acute never-nudism. All that endlessly vague discussion about plans for a movie, which has stretched on for years, now sounds much more certain, as further confirmed by subsequent tweets issued today by “Development” stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman.
“I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment ... and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie,” Arnettt tweeted.
Bateman chimed in: “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ‘13. VERY excited!”
Clearly this calls for a collective, celebratory performance of the chicken dance.