The critically acclaimed show that was a ratings bust is coming to theaters as a full length movie, although no release date has been officially confirmed. Arrested Development was a TV show that ran on the Fox network from 2003-2006 and got lots of critical acclaim even though it had few viewers. The critics loved the satirical show following a formerly wealthy, completely dysfunctional family as they tried to adjust to life being poor. Even now many critics will say that Arrested Development was the best sitcom ever made. Even though there was a lot of buzz about the show from critics it never really caught on with mainstream audiences. The show is still a cult hit with a very devoted fan following, but at its highest point the show only averaged a few million viewers which meant it was not a commercial success.
In 2006 Fox pulled the show, citing the low ratings, and even a remarkable letter and Internet campaign mounted by the show’s die hard fans couldn’t save it. After that the talk of making an Arrested Development movie started, and all the stars of the show agreed that they would be involved in a movie project.
It makes perfect sense for the creators to make a big screen version of the show since one of the creators is world famous director Ron Howard. Ron Howard got the idea for the show in 2002 when he became interested in the idea of creating a documentary style TV show using hand held cameras and other documentary style film work to create a show that looked like reality TV, but was really a comedy that was entirely scripted. Inspired by the financial scandals of the early 2000s he decided to make the show about a disgraced executive, George Michael Bluth, who worked for a model home company and his family who are now poor because of his criminal activity. The family business is taken over by relatively sane son Michael, who is the central character in the show. A host of dysfunctional core family members including Michael’s mother Lucille, his older brother GOB, twin sister Lindsey, and brother in law Tobias. A string of other characters are regulars in the show as well. The Bluth family is played brilliantly by stars like Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cena and Portia de Rossi.
The long list of guest stars in Arrested Development hint at some big names being attached to the film. Guest stars have included names like Zach Braff, Julia -Louise Dreyfus, Charlize Theron, Ben Stiller, Richard Belzer, Ione Skye, J.K. Simmons, Richard Simmons and Dick Van Patten. There has been no confirmation of any stars returning to reprise their guest roles but all of the original Bluth family actors have committed to the film. The Arrested Development film will bring the Bluth family back to the millions of hard core fans who tried desperately to save the show and it will introduce them to an entirely new generation of fans.