Newport’s Banana Stand is Back in Business

… at least according to Jason Bateman the Arrested Development movie IS going to happen.

George Michael talking to GOB at the Banana Stand

George Michael talking to GOB at the Banana Stand

At a roundtable interview for his new movie, Extract, Jason Bateman gave away some details about the status of the film verision of Arrested Development.

What is the state of “Arrested Development”?

Jason Bateman: The script’s being written and when Mitch (Hurwitz) is done with it we can go to the scheduling part of it which will probably prove to be a bit challenging given the size of the cast.

And they’re all attached?

Jason: He is asked us not to speak about specifics, but that he’s working on it.

It seems like 5 or 6 months there was a lot of momentum. A lot of people talking about the film. And then it seemed like it sort of got a little bit quiet. Everyone’s a little nervous it’s actually happening. Is it, in fact, actually being written right now?

Jason: Yes.

That’s 100%?

Jason: Yeah. Yeah. That’s never changed. I mean people have guessed and “rumored” and all that other stuff in all areas of the media. I’ve always been a little sort of…I’ve always felt bad that I never had more information to give people when they asked me about it, but I guess people kind of got frustrated by that and they just started kind of making up their own sort of “well, we haven’t heard that much” or “news hasn’t changed so it must be going away”. I don’t know. It sort of took a life of its own on and fatigue started to set in I think about the whole story of it. I mean, there’s really no need to write anything about it at all until he’s done writing it. Once he writes it then, just like any movie, then it becomes something a little bit more real and then you try to figure out scheduling and you try to figure out people’s deals. I mean, it’s got the same life that any other project would have. It has just as much a chance of happening as it does of not happening really.

All I can say is YAY!!! I love this show and I can’t wait for the movie.

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4 Comments so far

  1. evan on August 27th, 2009 @ 9:08 am

    Sweet. Though I have to point out–Newport’s banana stand, filmed in Marina Del Rey.

  2. pittrollie on August 27th, 2009 @ 10:13 am

    I/we found out the hard way. Shortly after moving here we thought it would be fun to go and watch a location shoot in Newport. Of course we discovered it was MDR. :(

  3. Gina (oc_gina) on August 27th, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

    AD is one of my favorite shows ever. I still cry in my pillow sometimes because it’s gone and Two and a Half men is still on the air.

  4. pittrollie on August 28th, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    Looky what I came across this morning, thanks to EW. I too love this show!


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