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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 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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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