Arrested Development movie closer to development

Rumor after rumor of an Arrested Development movie have hit the Web ever since the show was canceled in 2006. It's almost gotten to the point where even hardcore fans roll their eyes at each tease about a movie deal, but recent reports claim that the latest is the most rock solid of them all.

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and executive producer Ron Howard are allegedly this close (picture a thumb and forefinger just a wee bit apart) to finalizing a movie deal with Fox Searchlight and Imagine, says The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, it was merely cast members that mentioned a movie was in the works without any solid intel to back it up.

According to E! Online, the movie has been budgeted at $15 million (with its many location shots and quick cuts, Arrested Development was on the expensive side of things, particularly for a comedy, and this was allegedly a main reason the show was canceled).

While this all sounds fantastic, there is one catch. One of the original cast members hasn't signed on to do the movie, and may not participate at all. Sources aren't naming names, but the smart money is on Michael Cera, who played young George Michael Bluth, as he was previously quoted as saying the movie wasn't being made and shouldn't be made.

An Arrested Development movie...at last! (No jinx! Knock on wood...)

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YAY!
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Come on!
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Lucille Bluth on the big screen, just as god intended it. Fingers crossed it doesn't go the way of that awful Sex and the City movie.
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"rock solid"...they should have said solid as a rock.
come on george michael, don't let us down!
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You can't have an Arrested Development movie without George Michael!!
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I can't wait and I don't care who is the hold out as long as they make this movie.
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If it is Michael he is crazy, Listen he is doing well now, But how long will this last, just look at Topher grace, David caruso etc, Not that he left the show for a movie career but unless you are a bruce willis, will smith etc your movie career, escpecially a teenagers could go a way in a flash. I mean Sean William Scott, Vin deilsel, These guys were hot but now are looking for work, I can not see Michael growing into leading man material, I think his a-list status will only last a little while longer.
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Cera knows how valuable he is since Superbad. The only other guy I could see holding out is Jason Bateman, because he's been in one or two big movies since the show ended.
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If Michael Cera is holding out he is clearly a douche bag with no loyalty to the show that started him. Harsh: maybe... but I really want this movie!
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Ah, it can't be a movie without George Michael! (The openning with a funeral idea would be hilarious, though totally dark and off-beat with the show) Come on Cera, this show started you off! Get on board!
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O
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YAY!!!
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So the movie opens at the funeral of Young George Michael...and goes from there.
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i hope it happens i LOVVVVVED that show
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YEEEEEEEEEEAH, finally this gonna happen...now the only thing to od left is finish the rest of the episodes that I did not watch yet
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this show made you cera. don't be a co*k stain.
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One character does not a movie make, just do it.
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AD is one of the best TV comedies of all time, but I wonder if some of you were watching the same show as I was. There's no show without Michael Cera? C'mon, he held his own with the rest of the cast, but was no standout. So vital that a movie can't be done without him? Please. I say go ahead without him, don't bat an eye, and build some jokes around the fact that he's not there.
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A lot of people would still see it as different if he said no. I dont think a lot of fans would be ok if the character of George Michael was not in the film. Personally, George Michael, GOB and Tobias are my 3 faves.
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I hope Cera comes on board, but of all the characters the movie could get on without, it's him.
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With or without Cera (or another one character), I hope this comes true.
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Whether Michael Cera comes back or not, his character should not be replaced. If he comes back, great! If not, write his character out of the movie. I hate it when TV and Movies replace characters with different actors. Bewitched from TV and Major League 2 from the big screen are two examples that come to mind.
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Please let this be true!!!
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I really hope it does get made and that it's a good movie, that doesn't ruin how good the show was. And I hope everyone comes back. It wouldn't be the same without any of them.
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Some shows just aren't right for a movie adaptation. The perfect example is Reno 911 which has the same dry improv'ed feel that arrested development had. The Reno 911 was horrible compared to the show, because you can't get that improv'ed, natural feel when you have a movie budget and producers. Michael Cera, stick to your guns.
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If Cera isn't going to do it, then it shouldn't be done. Please give us this Micheal; it will be comedy gold.
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A movie? Loved the few episodes that I saw but this seems more like a Wes Anderson flick.
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Oh I'd be there opening night with tears of excitement in my eyes.

AD made you Cera, don't be a punk.
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Come on, just do it!!!!
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This makes me really happy!
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I hope they can turn Michael Cera, because frankly I'd rather no movie at all than for then to do it half-assed. But I can't believe Cera's holding out. Arrested Development is what made his career and now he's just ditching it?
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Drag Michael Cera into the studio if he has to, otherwise just edit him out of the script. This movie should be odd enjoy to gross what it would cost to make it (each episode I doubt was that much to create). Make this happen Ron Howard.
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Hopefully it all comes together, a movie would be most awesome. Why would any actor hold out?
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Hate to say it, but if there's a role for Michael Cera he should do the movie at lower than his normal booking fee. Arrested Development is the reason he got all the movie roles.
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What a great show. I watched every episode on hulu. its time slot was terrible. after football sucked
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Wow. I forgot how young Micheal Cera was in AD.
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Eveytime I see the bad PD news this cheers me up a little :D
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Keep in mind that none of us actually know which actor hasn't signed on. Really, Tim doesn't know everything. :)
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They could always say George Michael went off to college. Can't wait for the movie! I'm already praying for a sequel.
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I only just got into this show (I finished Season 2 last night, I'm going at a rate of about 4 eps a day) ... This is one program that could be adapted to film without losing any of the style it has, I hope it materialises :)
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Cant wait for the movie, come on George Michael It needs you!!
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I would SO love to see an AD movie! I loved the series
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It may work but I hope they don't take any shortcuts. If it's going to work it has to be done properly.
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We will just have to see if this is any good. Movie spin-offs frequently don't work and vice versa.
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THe movie is gonna be SOLID AS 'A-ROCK'. I hope Tobias wont blue himself. Id like to see Gob wear his 10000 dollar suit, COme on!. I don't wanna hear Michael and Maybe sing Afternoon Delight :) Will there be a special appearance from Gene Parmesan? Is Lucille still on AMERICA's WORST DRIVERS . . . (i could go on forever. . . ) What's gonna happen to that 'missing' character tho, if he/she is not be playing as himself/herself
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I'm excited needs George Michael back though he's great :)
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I loved the show. I remember that last line on the final episode where Ron Howard say "I don't see a TV show... hmmm maybe a movie" and since then I've been expecting this news to show up. I know that Michael Cera is getting some fame after the show but still Jason Bateman was known before the show and appeared last summer on Hancock which made over $200 million... so, if he's willing to come back to the character how much do Micheal Cera should be grateful of the character that brought him to Hollywood in the first place. I've always thought that AD wasn't just a funny show to watch but the actors had a great time as well. They seemed like a great dysfunctional family but a hella'tta fun to play. please don't tell me that the issue is money because I'll never watch another of is movie again if that's the case.
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I'd want to see that movie as well.
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Finally something good. I want to see that movie
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I cannot wait to see it
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Michael Cera said that he would do it if they guarenteed him that it would be done. He is simplu just tired of all the speculation that this movie is happening.
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