After months — no, years! — of rumors and vague promises and speculation, we can say, without any doubt, there will be an Arrested Development movie. Also, there will be new Arrested Development episodes for television. That’s what show creator Mitchell Hurwitz told an excited audience this afternoon at the New Yorker Festival in Manhattan, according to New York Times arts writer Dave Itzkoff.

And cast member Will Arnett confirmed it via Twitter, in his own special way: “I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie.” And Bateman, himself, followed up with a few words on Twitter: “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!”

The New Yorker Festival this afternoon found Hurwitz rejoined with AD cast at a panel lead by moderator Nancy Franklin. Hurwitz got as specific as anyone had gotten about the subject since the Fox show left the air five years ago. According to 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.

We’re trying to do a limited-run series into the movie. After a wave of excited applause died down, he continued: “We’re basically hoping to do 9 or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.

The last we heard anything slightly definitive about an AD movie, it was from the mouth of David Cross. In late August, the comedian and AD cast member told Keith Olbermann that there was a decent chance the flick would happen.

So, how excited are you that this looks like it’s going to be a reality?

 

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