Since the Arrested Development season three finale "Development Arrested" rumors of a feature film have abounded. Series creator Mitch Hurwitz announced on October 2, 2011 that a fourth season was in pre-production which would lead to a proposed Arrested Development movie. The film has yet to be greenlit.
"Development Arrested" hintEdit
The final scene in the Season Three finale "Development Arrested" (which aired February 10, 2006) features Maeby and Mort Meyers pitching a television series about her family to producer Ron Howard, who says:
- "No, I, uh... I don’t see it as a series. Maybe a movie."
Many fans took this to mean that the cast and crew were preparing a film. However, Mitch Hurwitz and others quickly stated that they had no initial plans to make a movie, but would be interested in the future.
Since the finale, the cast and crew went on to do other successful projects. From time to time, they would be asked in an interview or by a fan if a movie was ever being produced. Some cast members were more confident about the movie happening than others, and all actors said they would be interested in continuing if asked. There was a rumor for a short amount of time that the only person holding out on the movie was Michael Cera, but it was revealed that he and Mitch Hurwitz started this rumor themselves.
2011 New Yorker reunionEdit
On October 2, 2011 the entire main cast, Ron Howard, and Mitch Hurwitz gathered together in New York for a 90 minute reunion interview. There, Mitch announced that they were writing a fourth season which would lead up to a feature film. The episodes were filmed in 2012 with a release date of May 2013.
Production on Season Four began in August 2012 and wrapped shortly after Thanksgiving. No further news of the movie surfaced, but Hurwitz stated he was still planning to proceed with a film, since the season will conclude in a cliffhanger. He indicated that performance of the fourth season would lead to a decision about the film.
At the 2013 TCA Reunion on January 9 Jason Bateman called season four "act 1" of a three-act story. Acts 2 and 3 would be covered in the movie, with Hurwitz hinting that he would be happy to tell the story in any medium. At the March 2013 SXSW Reunion Hurwitz and Arnett said that fans should enjoy Season Four as a precursor to the planned film but that nothing was greenlit. After the fourth season premiered, Hurwitz planned on doing his due diligence on pitching the movie to 20th Century Fox.