Now, it looks like they might get their wish, with series creator Mitch Hurwitz tipping to Digital Spy the plan to possibly shoot and release the Arrested Development film before the end of the year. Here's what he said:
With all the stumbling blocks in the way of actually producing this thing, not least of which is juggling the schedules of Michael Cera, Ron Howard, Jason Bateman, David Cross, etc., etc., it'd be surprising if they actually managed to get this thing shot this year, let alone cut, promoted, and released. And with only around four million people tuning in for the third season's episodes, they'd have a pretty natural cap on the amount of money they could hope to bring in, probably somewhere around Serenity's $25 million. Color me skeptical of the chances of this movie ever coming off, but I know plenty of people who'd be ecstatic were it to happen.
We've started that process and it is our sincere hope to shoot it this year and get it out this year. That's what we're hoping, but a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen. But I don't like to toy with the affections of our fans. They've been so supportive and we're so grateful, so I kind of hate to answer the question until I can say, 'Yep, we've shot it, it opens next week'. Otherwise it feels like we're toying with people and we do not mean to do that. It has just taken a while to get it going.