It was barely eight weeks ago that Jason Bateman broke the big news to us: Plans for an “Arrested Development” movie were gaining steam, and the Bluth family hoped to begin cornballing soon after the resolution of the strike.
Now, his older brother G.O.B. is breathing a sigh of relief since Hollywood is going back to work — and he’s eager to once again make magic. “Yeah, we've talked about it. We are currently talking about it. But not now, because you and I are talking! And that'd be ridiculous,” grinned “AD” smartass Will Arnett. “But no, we are talking about making the movie.”
The beloved show was unique not only because it was so funny, but in that all the cast members genuinely liked each other. So all indications are that the entire team — from Bateman and Arnett to Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor and Michael Cera — would return for series mastermind Mitchell Hurwitz.
The whereabouts of one key cast member, however, remain uncertain. I’m speaking, of course, about G.O.B.’s politically incorrect puppet, Franklin Delano Bluth.
“[His participation] is going to come down to Franklin's agents, obviously; everybody's got a price,” Arnett said with an unshakably straight face. “Is Franklin still alive? I don't even remember what happened to him.”
After the show’s 2006 cancellation, Fox used an eBay account to auction off such memorable “AD” items as Buster’s prosthetic hand, G.O.B.’s Segway and Lucille’s dining room set. While no one seems to know whether Franklin himself was sold, his Adidas sneakers ($45), overalls ($27), shirt ($152) and Franklin Comes Alive album ($326) are long gone.
So, before the movie starts filming, Arnett hopes someone will help him locate his naked, tuneless puppet.
“He did get sold, didn't he?” Arnett said, speculating that Franklin may have fallen victim to the show’s liquidation. “Did somebody sell him for real? That makes sense.”
“Well, I built the first one, so I'm going to have to build it again. That's a little 'Arrested Development' piece of trivia,” Arnett revealed. “I made Franklin.”
Really? “No, that's a lie,” he grinned. “How would I know how to do that?”
One thing that isn’t a lie, however, is that Arnett, Bateman and the others are now waiting for Hurwitz to write the script that will bring the Bluths to the big screen — even if it requires a CGI Franklin stand-in. “I think that we're still a long way from the cup to the lip on this one,” he said of the “AD” flick. “But I think it'll happen.”
User comment: By: AngieCan't we send out an Amber Alert for Franklin?!
User comment: By: ShaunI am so psyched about the movie coming out, but I still cannot believe the show was canceled! The AD movie will show people what they missed.
User comment: By: JamieThis should happen! I'm so excited to see the Bluth family on screen again! :)
User comment: By: whitneyHUZZAH!! no but seriously, i cant fricken wait!
User comment: By: duntonI can't wait for this! We'll go see this a lot!
User comment: By: jaydGod I can't wait for this. Me and 20 of my friends will see this three nights in a row I reckon.
User comment: By: ChristieOh I hope this really happens. I need a Portia fix. I've only seen her on Nip/Tuck a few times so I've only seen her on tv about 3 or 4 times since "AD" ended. I'd also love to see the girl that played Ann again. I just saw her last friday on "Ghost Whisperer". Didn't know if it was new or not but she's great.
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Visit here to subscribe to these commentsUser comment: By: RobThis better happen. AD was the best TV show ever. EVER.