Mitch Hurwitz is at it again, but this time he's being much more specific. In fact he's naming the networks that are interested in working with him on a new limited series version of Arrested Development - a limited series that would lead up to a movie.
Ambitious. Here's what he told EW:
“We’re basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes with almost one character per episode, where like the first episode will just be Buster. We’re kinda picturing it like, um, well the latest joke we have is that, you know, it’s Cambridge, Massachusetts and there’s all these scientists in lab coats and they’re waiting for somebody and Buster comes through the door wearing a lab quote and says `let’s begin,’ and they say, `you don’t get to wear the lab coat, we’re experimenting on you. [garbled] And then we go through his life and we meet the people in his life and maybe he goes to see his therapist who he’s getting a good rate on because it’s Tobias and he’s lost his license. We can do cross overs and things like that. But it’s an unusual style of show I think and we get him to a certain point of peril in his life and then maybe we jump over to like Maeby and she’s living with Cornel West … We’ll do this kind of thing that builds the peril in their lives until they all come together, really, in the first scene of the movie. It requires, and Ron [Howard] has been working on this too, it just requires studios to work together, they don’t normal work together in film and TV. It’s a really ambitious project but it’s also a very simple project in a way because it kind of gives the fans a level of detail for `granularity,’ which is a big word on the East Coast."
Like I said, ambitious. Hurwitz says that Showtime and Netflix are in talks about airing the series. Now he has to get a studio on board for this plan.
It's interesting that this is the plan, but I'm not getting too psyched. We've heard this stuff before. What's more, I'm not really sure this is territory that should be revisited; sometimes dead is better, as they say in Maine.