An Arrested Development movie is now more than a rumor. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that an Arrested Development movie could become a reality much sooner than anticipated before, and that fans could end up being very happy with the result. When Arrested Development was canceled on television, there were still a number of fans that wanted the show to stay on the air. In this environment of television where ratings are everything, Arrested Development just didn’t stand a chance. When the show was canceled by FOX, it ended up also creating a lot of resentment towards the network by the die-hard fans.
When I look at a show like Arrested Development, I have a hard time picturing it as a full-length movie. The reason that I felt lot of the comedy worked, was because they could start a joke at the opening of the episode, and keep coming back to it for laughs until the final credits. It was a formula that worked well for the ensemble cast, and one that critics really loved about the show. That turned Arrested Development into a show that racked up awards and award nominations during its run, but struggled to get the right demographics to tune in according to the Nielsen ratings (if you trust the ratings system). It was because of those low ratings that the show ended up being axed by FOX.
Due to the show ending before they could wrap up everything on set, Arrested Development never seemed like it came to a good ending. Now producers and writers have a second chance to go back and do things right, and this time it will be in the format of a major motion picture. That should certainly make the lead actors and actresses more interested in coming back to film some more scenes, and could help create a new method to advertise DVD sales for the short-lived show. FOX may have made a mistake by turning the dial on Arrested Development too early, but they haven’t seemed to really look back on it as a bad decision since that fateful cancellation.
Now Entertainment Weekly is stating that creator Mitchell Hurwitz and co-executive producer James Vallely are working on a screenplay to get this film to the big screen. I guess the question will now become whether fans are going to be excited about a potential Arrested Development movie, or fearful that the movie may not live up to the high expectations that the television show has created. Will Arrested Development work well in a theatrical presentation? Or is a movie going to drown out the positive thoughts that fans of the show have had for years?
Source: EW Article