Arrested Development Hell: When Enough is Enough
I apologize for being a little bit late to the party on this one. Producer Mitchell Hurwitz recently announced at the Arrested Development cast reunion that not only is a movie follow-up to the critically acclaimed series in the works, there’s also a plan to make a miniseries which catches up with the characters since the show’s cancellation. It would run for about 8-10 episodes and lead up to the film’s theatrical release. Awesome, right?
But wait, didn’t Jeffrey Tambor say the movie was about to start production back in April? And didn’t Jason Bateman say that the script was written back in 2010? And didn’t Hurwitz say that “the wheels were in motion” in early 2008?
Roughly every six months, an AD alum does an interview and mentions that things are moving forward on the movie, but there are conflicting reports as to whether or not a script exists, and no studio is attached to the film. While I fully believe that the cast and crew are interested in making a film, it takes more than that to get a movie produced and distributed. Once there are specific budgets and dates attached to a potential Arrested Development movie, I’ll start to get excited. Until then, I’m being somewhat cautious. After all, it’s been five years.
That brings me to another point. Do we really need an Arrested Development movie in the year 2012 (or later)? I was a huge fan of the series, but maybe its moment has passed. Arrested Development drew heavily from the Bush Administration and the War on Terror for jokes and themes, and while everything from the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street could provide a ton of material, it was a show written in the wake of Enron and other scandals. It ran for three great seasons, which is more than a lot of shows get. I for one don’t feel a hole in my life which can only be filled with new stories about the Bluth family.
I think the ideal run for a show is between three and five seasons. It gives the writers and actors enough time to get to know the characters and develop them, but ends before the premise is worn out. At this point, The Office is a shadow of its former self. The show about a crazy boss and the tension of a boy who liked an engaged girl no longer has the crazy boss or the tension. Just because people might buy tickets to an Arrested Development movie doesn’t mean there’s enough there to write a movie around.
Naturally I could be wrong about all this. The AD movie could start production tomorrow, and be a hilarious, insightful hit next year. I just think that Arrested Development’s moment in the sun may have passed, and that that possibility becomes more and more likely every time someone involved stalls for time in the media.
What do you guys think?