Greg Kinnear As Jason Bateman? We Almost Got A Meta-Meta ‘Arrested Development’ Movie & 8 Things Learned About The New Netflix Season

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by Edward Davis
April 29, 2013 5:35 PM
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5. There will be guests. Two new, previously unannounced ones are ‘The Office” star John Krasinski and “Expendables” star Terry Crews.

The Workaholics trio is also new. Previously announced guests include: Ben Stiller, James Lipton, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Isla Fisher, John Slattery, Liza Minnelli, Carl Weathers, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and Scott Baio.

6. Before there was the idea for a TV series leading into a movie, there was just a movie and it was very meta.
Of course there was more than one idea for a movie before Netflix came along and said to Hurwitz, “we’re interested in bringing this back,” but EW drops one idea that sounds pretty hilarious. “Arrested Development The Movie: The Movie.” They don’t reveal too many details, but write, “starring Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth and Greg Kinnear as Jason Bateman.” How would that work? Your guess is as good as ours, but some form of movie was hinted at way way back. You’ll remember that Maeby Fünke (Alia Shawkat) pitched Ron Howard that idea in the season finale of the cut-short Season 3. Whatever the case is, it’s a fun idea that’s been scrapped. Hurwitz seems to know what the “Arrested Development” movie will be -- if it ever gets green lit -- but it’s not yet written and it’s certainly not a meta-meta movie. Evidently at one point though, Hurwitz did pitch a “multiple movie scenario” to Howard’s Imagine Entertainment.

7. 10 Episodes Quickly Became 15
Netflix originally greenlight 10 episodes of “Arrested Development,” but after Hurwitz and his writers put their heads together he knew he needed more time so went back and asked for five more to make 15. With all the interconnectedness to it and reflections on events from different perspectives, will it be clear to audiences what’s going on? Hurwitz admits that several episodes were tricky and logical narrative kinks meant rewriting on set as they were shooting. It all sounds like a delicately conceived house of cards. “I just hope it makes sense,” Hurwitz said.

8. The Movie
Most of the “Arrested Development” cast realize a movie may not happen, but the show is devised so that it won’t depend on a feature-length feature either. Hurtwitz said he has “a great deal of [the movie] mapped out, but there’s no script yet.”

“If we get the movie, it’s the cherry on top of the sundae,” Tony Hale, aka Buster said. “If we don’t, it’s been a really delicious sundae.”

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1 Comment

  • yay! | April 29, 2013 8:37 PMReply

    cannot freaking wait to watch all 15 episodes in one day...and then rewatch them all that same day. yep.

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