October 3rd, 2011
09:55 AM ET
Hurwitz, who executive produced the cult classic show from 2003 to 2006, announced at the "Arrested Development" cast reunion on Sunday that they're trying to bring the program back to TV.
The idea is that it would set the stage for the feature film, Hurwitz explained to the audience gathered at the event, which was hosted by the New Yorker.
"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," Hurwitz said, according to the New York Times.
"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."
Which is why they're planning a "limited-run series" leading up to the film. "We're basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode," Hurwitz said.
He stayed mum on details about a studio that would air the series or that would back the film, noting that this sort of set-up would require "studios to work together that don't typically work together, film and TV." Hurwitz did say that he's about halfway done with the "Arrested Development" screenplay, though.
Bateman, who reiterated during the cast reunion that although creatively everyone's on board, they still have to work out the business details, tweeted Sunday, "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!"
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