It's been five long years since Tobias Fünke has uttered a delicious innuendo, Gob Bluth has tried to embark on some scheme that allows him to do less work, focus more on his magic, sorry illusions, and still chase women and poor Michael Bluth has tried to keep his brutally self-centered kin from squandering what's left of the family fortune.
Basically life without Fox's dearly departed anti-sitcom "Arrested Development" has been only minimally bearable, with a gaping chasm in clever television programming that only the irreverent, happily absurd show could fill. But thankfully, this weekend's "Arrested Development" reunion at The New Yorker Festival brought with it news that feels like nothing less than an early Christmas present: The Bluths are back!
Show creator Mitchell Hurwitz and the show's insanely talented cast of we-knew-them-whens - Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter - were on hand for the reunion where Hurwitz announced that he's trying to preface the long-rumoured "AD" film with a limited resurrection of the show on TV, news that was further supported by Bateman's joyful tweet: "It's true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early '13. VERY excited!"
It's enough to make you want to do the chicken dance.
The even-better news is that Hurwitz plans to give each wacky character their own episode, figuring that just getting audiences up to speed on where everyone has been over the last half-decade would eat up a lot of time on its own and we'd hate to think that we'd be deprived of just how Pop-Pop and Gangee have been spending their time.
"Just creatively, 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," Hurwitz was quoted as saying in the New York Times. "In fact, where everyone's been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together."
Of course, while we're already delighted at the notion of Cera revisiting the character that first awkwardly brought him into our living rooms - that would be George Micheal Bluth - and are beyond curious if Tobias' Never Nude ways have improved, there have been enough false starts on the "AD" film front that we'll wait until we see a trailer, or better yet, are in the theatre watching it, before we fully believe.
Over to you? Good news or GREAT news? What would you like to see from an "Arrested Development" movie?