Ron Howard is a tease; ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is his fodder
I am an Arrested Development fanboy. I will never deny it. It was, quite simply, the most hilarious show on television during its three season run from 2003 to 2006. Though it never brought in the ratings it deserved, critics everywhere sung its praises to the high heavens. In 2007, TIME Magazine listed the show as one of the "100 Greatest Television Shows of All-TIME."
For the last three years, rumors have been swirling that a feature-length film was going to happen. However, it seemed that every time someone who was connected with the show would confirm that they were on the precipice of a film, another one would come out and quash the rumors. The last word was a positive one, when Will Arnett said in November that he expected the movie would be coming "sooner rather than later" and that its current intended direction was "super hilarious."
Now Ron Howard is chiming in. Howard was an executive producer of the show and narrated the series as an unseen omniscient voice-over. One of the many rumors floating around was that the acclaimed director was going to direct the ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT film. Howard had good news and bad news to deliver:
"I won't be directing the ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT movie, but (the creator) Mitch Hurwitz is determined. I know we've been saying this for a while, but I'd be really surprised if we didn't have an ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT movie sooner rather than later."
You are absolutely right, Ron. You HAVE been saying this for a while. I am a huge fan and, I guarantee you, to a fan, no project that anyone in the cast has worked on (I don't care if it is SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, Running Wilde, or The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret) is as interesting or exciting as an ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT FILM.
So, quit making promises about "sooner rather than later," and tell Mitch Hurwitz to rally the troops (e.g. Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, and Will Arnett) for this thing. If they can make three big budgets crapfests about Transformers, surely they can make one quality low-budget ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT flick.
Sources Digital Spy, Coming Soon
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