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'Arrested Development' movie confirmed. Returning to TV too?

October 3, 2011 |  9:24 am

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An "Arrested Development" comeback on the big screen? It's the myth that keeps on giving since the show went off the air five years ago. But fans of Fox's quirky comedy who have longed for its return in movie form can now breathe a little easier with creator Mitchell Hurwitz's latest morsel of hope.

On Sunday, during a New Yorker Festival event that reunited him with the show's cast, Hurwitz promised the audience that a film adaptation of the Bluth clan was still in the works -- and there's even a set of nine or 10 television episodes, each focusing on a certain character, that would serve as a curtain raiser to the movie. Hurwitz said he was about halfway done with a screenplay with his co-writers Jim Vallely and Dean Lorey.  No details on what studio is backing the movie or the TV episodes, nor which network the TV portion would be broadcast on.

Current "Up All Night" star Will Arnett, who appeared in "Arrested Development" as Gob, confirmed the news on Twitter: "I'm peeing with @batemanjason at the moment ... and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie."

Jason Bateman, who starred as Michael Bluth, also took to the masses and tweeted Sunday: "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!

We'll believe it when we see it.

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-- Yvonne Villarreal
twitter.com/villarrealy

Photo: The cast of "Arrested Development" appears at this year's New Yorker Festival. Credit: Getty Images

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