‘Arrested Development’ Season 4?

Let’s bring the uninitiated up to speed, shall we? Eight years ago Fox launched an off-beat sitcom about a dysfunctional family called ‘Arrested Development’ and it was one of the funniest things to ever appear on television. This is a fact. Although it was populated by completely unlikeable characters, the chemistry between the cast, the snowball style humour, the outrageous situations and dead-pan narration from Ron Howard quickly made it a cult classic.

Then Fox did what it does to all good things they don’t understand – such as ‘Firefly’, ‘Futurama’ and ‘Family Guy’ – they canned it.

In the five years since being taken off the air the popularity on ‘Arrested Development’ has grown and grown. DVD sales have been consistently high and those already in the fan boat are close to wearing their discs down. Rumours about a movie (hinted at in the final scene of the last episode) have cropped up on almost a weekly basis with no solid information. With many of the stars of the show entering the A-List, such as Jason Bateman and Michael Cera, in the intervening years it makes it more unlikely that it would happen as much as the writers, cast and fans want it.

Then yesterday show frontrunner Mitchell Hurwitz threw us some new information. Whilst at the New York Festival, backed by the entire ensemble cast, he announced that not only is the movie still in the works, but a 10-episode season to prelude the movie is also in the works. Each episode will be designed to focus on a specific character, bringing them all up to dare before the big cinematic finale, starting with Buster as a lab rat.

Hurwitz went on to say that they are 80% on a closed deal, and Jason Bateman has already been voicing his excitement about the project on Twitter. The cast and creator also stated that stories about Michael Cera’s new movie career has prevented him from appearing was an in-side joke that somehow went public.

At this point, I’ll wait until I see it before I completely believe it, but fingers crossed nonetheless.