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New fourth season for Arrested Development and movie release expected in 2013

Finally! After five years of rumors and failed attempts at moving forward, the filmmakers of the then-underrated and now-universally popular television series Arrested Development have confirmed new material.  Audiences will get a new (fourth) season consisting of 9-10 episodes before they release the hyped theatrical film.  Both the new episodes and film are expected to shoot in the summer of 2012 for an intended/hopeful release in early 2013.

The new episodes will brief audiences with updates on the Bluth family.  Each will feature one of the characters in particular, of course with some crossover appearances.  For instance an episode devoted to Buster going to therapy will also involve Tobias Funke, Buster’s “analrapist.”  Now that it has gained a momentous fan-base, Arrested Development will certainly be one of the most watched series on television once its new season comes out; hopefully it lives up to its former perfection.

The long-awaited theatrical film will follow the new season’s release, sometime in 2013 as well (if all goes according to plan).  While some of you may balk at this news, since you’ve been burned by other “news” that turned out to be false rumors, this is the most confirmation we’ve gotten from the filmmakers about the project(s).  The entire main cast joined creator Mitchell Hurwitz and narrator Ron Howard on a “Bluth Family Reunion” panel at the New Yorker Festival this past weekend (October 1, 2011) to share and discuss the amazing news.  In fact, all of the cast members have cleared their schedules for production next summer.

The other major questions that appear are: what will the movie entail and who will distribute it?  First, the screenplay is only about half-complete.  However, recently some fairly reputable rumors leaked about a possible plot synopsis which coincides with the third season’s final episode – supposedly it will feature Ron Howard’s production of a film about the Bluth family while the characters themselves decide to make their own movie to compete against Howard’s one, and of course mayhem ensues.  That may be a ridiculous, off-base rumor but for now that is all we have to go on.  As for the distribution, no distributor has claimed the series and film production yet, but one should buy it soon given the potential profits to be earned from this extremely highly anticipated project.  As of this weekend, Netflix and Showtime are “eyeing” the new limited TV series.  Who shows the episodes is a minor issue, as long as someone gets the ball rolling for fans to come together for a Bluth reunion (and hopefully plenty of the minor characters, such as Bob Loblaw).

Arrested Development – starring Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, and Ron Howard – is expected to see an early 2013 release for its new season on television followed by a theatrical release of the long-awaited film.







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