If the words "banana stand," "never-nude," and "loose seal" mean anything to you, then this next bit of news is going to make you very, very happy…
According to Entertainment Weekly, the long-cancelled/cult single-camera comedy series "Arrested Development" will rise from the ashes like the mighty phoenix via not only a feature film but also a 10-part series of episodes.
The show's creator Mitchell Hurwitz dropped the bomb at the New Yorker Festival last night where the entire main cast reunited onstage, including stars Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, and Portia DeRossi.
"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," stated Hurwitz. "I found that even if I just gave five minutes per character to that backstory, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together. And that kinda gave birth to this thing we’ve not been pursuing for a while and we’re kinda going public with a little bit. We’re trying to do kind of limited run series into the movie."
Apparently the plan is to have each of the 10-episodes focus on a single character and get us up to speed on where they are in life, all of which will air on Showtime and Netflix before the movie drops in early 2013.
It's probably no coincidence that the series' executive producer and narrator is Ron Howard (appearing at the festival via speakerphone), who had previously pushed for a transmedia experience involving both theatrical film and an adjoining TV series for his doomed adaptation of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" epic.
In case you are skeptical about all this, Gob Bluth himself Will Arnett Tweeted the following:
"I'm peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie."