Though the fans want to see it and most of the series’ stars want to do it, it doesn’t look like the Arrested Development movie is going to be happening any time soon — unless either actor Michael Cera or series creator Mitch Hurwitz changes their mind.
Arrested Development centers around the wealthy and dysfunctional Bluth family and features the talents of and features the talents of Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, John F. Beard, Mae Whitman, and Cera. The offbeat sitcom ran for three seasons on FOX. Though the sitcom never garnered big ratings, it does have a cult audience that’s grown through DVD sales.
The possibility of a big screen version of Arrested has been rumored essentially since the TV show went off the air. The project began to sound like a real possibility when some of the stars started to talk about it. In December, the project was given a greenlight and a moderate budget from Imagine and Fox Searchlight. All involved were very excited but now, things seem to be at a standstill.
Though Hurwitz says that he has several good ideas for the movie, he hasn’t actually written a script as yet. He says that he wants to wait to see who actually signs on from the TV show cast. According to Hurwitz, all of the Bluth family members have signed on, with the exception of one — Michael Cera.
The young actor’s career has sky-rocketed since Arrested went off the air and he can demand salaries of millions of dollars. The Arrested movie would surely be a step down salary-wise as Hurwitz has indicated that it would be essentially a project of love. Aside from that, Cera hasn’t expressed any interest in reprising his George Michael persona and seems to be getting tired of being asked about it.
At the Sundance Festival to promote his latest movie, Paper Heat, Cera told MTV that he was waiting to see a script (which Hurwitz won’t write until he gets Cera’s decision). After he got the script, the actor offhandedly said, “I’d possibly play [George Michael] again. I’d possibly put the script in my shredder. I may buy a shredder just [for it].”
Cera then got a little serious and went on to say that he gets asked a lot about the project, doesn’t know much about it, and would be interested to see what the story is about.
Obviously someone’s got to budge on the script issue before the project can move forward. Will it be Cera or Hurwitz? Who should it be? Would the movie perhaps be better off without Cera?