While promoting his new film, When in Rome, at a press junket on Sunday, Will Arnett confirmed that the Arrested Development movie -- the long-debated feature version of the short-lived Emmy-Award winning Fox series -- should be going into production sometime this year.
Back in October, after nearly a year of speculation, it was announced Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his co-executive producer James Vallely began working on a screenplay with aims for a possible spring production start.
When ComingSoon inquired about the status of the project, Arnett joked (after having frequently been questioned about the series' fate since bidding a premature farewell in 2006) :
I'm so glad you asked that, It's very refreshing.
But went on to confirm:
We are working on the movie right now, yeah... We don't have a completed script yet, but it's forthcoming and we're going to make the movie this year.
When asked if he thought the cameras would actually roll before year's end, Arnett seemed resolute.
That's the plan.
He confirmed earnestly, before deadpanning about his TV brother:
We're hoping once Jason Bateman gets out of rehab. I think that we're going to start shooting. Oh, was I not supposed to...? Please don't air that.
In all seriousness, arranging Bateman's busy schedule and that of his fictional son Michael Cera, are probably the two biggest obstacles after a script is completed. But for the sake of the fans and the pure comedic joy this should be, I think they'll make time for family.
I can't wait for an ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT movie! What are your thoughts on it?
Arnett also talked about his serious and dark role in the Jonah Hex adaptation, which you can read about Here.