Speaking Sunday at the New Yorker Festival, series creator Mitch Hurwitz announced he has been working on one final TV season for the cult comedy that would lead into the long-rumored movie. There are concrete plans to move forward with both projects.
As reported by the New York Times, Hurwitz said: "We don't completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing. 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. 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."
Hurwitz continued: "We're trying to do a limited-run series into the movie ... We're basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode."
Jason Bateman, who's bemoaned the 'Arrested Development' movie news cyclea few months ago on 'The Daily Show,' tweeted, "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!"