Development on “Arrested Development” movie slightly less arrested

Development on “Arrested Development” movie slightly less arrested (photo)

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The folks who made “Arrested Development” have no one to blame but themselves. They’re the ones who closed their series finale with one of the characters pitching the idea of a television series that sounded suspiciously like “Arrested Development,” then had series narrator and executive producer Ron Howard, playing himself, going “No, but maybe a movie.” From that day forward, all anyone could talk about in interviews with “Arrested Development” alumni was the possibility of an “Arrested Development” movie. We’ve talked about it here, and here, and only about a gabillion other places.

So series creator Mitchell Hurwitz was at The New Yorker Festival on Sunday: what are the odds he talked about the “Arrested Development” movie? Pretty freaking good, obviously. But according to The New York Times‘ Dave Itzkoff, Hurwitz dropped some actual news about an actual movie actually happening. Actually. Plus, a legit bombshell: “Arrested Development” may also return to television.

From Itzkoff’s report, here’s what Hurwitz told the New Yorker audience:

“We don’t completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing. 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… [Instead] we’re trying to do a limited-run series into the movie… We’re basically hoping to do 9 or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.”

Hurwitz said they want to film everything, the new series and the movie, next summer with releases planned for 2013. But don’t go breaking out the celebratory frozen bananas just yet: there’s still plenty of corporate hurdles to clear — synergizing a TV network to air a series in concert with a film studio and a movie, presents some logistical hurdles that still need to be cleared. And apparently all negotiations on Hurwitz’s end are being handled by Bob Loblaw, so it could all fall apart any moment.

I kid because I hosted “Arrested Development” Live on IFC.com and I have the entire series lodged in my brain and I might as well use it somehow. Though I’ve long since developed an immunity to feeling excitement about the possibility of an “Arrested Development” movie — I’ll believe it when I see the nevernude jorts — it sounds like the development of this movie (and new TV show!) is actually getting a little less arrested.

Do you think the “Arrested Development” movie will ever happen? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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