Incredible news came out of today’s Arrested Development reunion panel at the New Yorker Festival: Creator Mitch Hurtwitz announced that the beloved show will return to TV in a ten-episode prequel to the eventual Arrested Development movie! Mitch explained that he and producer Ron Howard (who also plays the show’s narrator) have been working on this for a while:
“Just creatively, I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together.”
Each episode will focus on a specific character; the first one up is Tony Hale‘s character Buster.
“The latest joke we have is that it’s Cambridge, Mass., and there’s all these scientists in lab coats and they’re waiting for somebody. Buster comes through the door in a white lab coat – ‘Let’s begin’ – and they say, ‘Oh, no, you don’t get to wear the lab coat. We’re experimenting on you.’”
Not that we need more confirmation, but here’s Will Arnett and Jason Bateman confirming the miniseries:
I’m almost done, I swear. To end your night, here’s a video of the entire cast performing the Bluths’ chicken dance:
(“Has anyone in this family ever seen a chicken?”)
We’re so excited! How about you guys?