‘Arrested Development’ movie finally being developed

Jason Bateman hints at 2012 shoot

Arrested Development star Jason Bateman has revealed for the first time, that the big screen outing for the cult TV show may shoot as early as next year.

While promoting his latest comedy flick The Change-Up to Empire, Bateman was asked the obligatory question about the movie’s current status. His reply:

Things are progressing along very, very well. Things are still definitely on course for the film to be shot. My guess would be that we will shoot it in the middle of next year.

No details have yet been announced as to who may direct, but the shows narrator and executive producer Ron Howard is often mentioned as a possibility.

For fans of the show, this is the closest they’ve got to a confirmation that the film is definitely happening after years of speculation. In the interview Jason Bateman shared the fans’ disappointment that he couldn’t reveal more.

It’s frustrating for me that I can’t give fans of the show a more concrete official answer because I am as much of a fan of the show as they are. I get it, I would be asking too and I’d be frustrated that someone as close to the show as I am can’t give me something more substantial.

Arrested Development was a springboard for the career of many involved, including Scott Pilgrim star Michael Cera. Superbad and Paul director Greg Mottola was also involved in some of the early episodes of the beloved show.

Arrested Development ran for three series between 2003 and 2006. No official release date has been announced for the film.

You can see Jason Bateman discussing The Change-Up below.