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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 09/21/2010

With Will Arnett and Mitch Hurwitz reuniting for 'Running Wilde,' time to revisit 'Arrested Development'

By Jen Chaney

Will Arnett and Keri Russell in "Running Wilde." (Fox)

The notion of Will Arnett teaming up with Mitch Hurwitz for a Fox comedy -- "Running Wilde," which debuts tonight on Fox -- is the sort of news that may have "Arrested Development" fans salivating ... or at least reminded that we're all in dire need of yet another update on the status of the now nearly mythical "Arrested Development" movie.

Since the reviews for "Running Wilde" are not exactly promising -- and that includes a less-than-glowing one from the Post's Hank Stuever -- let's focus on the positive. And that positive would be a recent interview with Hurwitz -- executive producer and creator of "Arrested Development," the TV series and the man currently responsible for writing the movie adaptation's screenplay -- in which he swears that the film really is happening.

In an interview with to promote "Running Wilde," Hurwitz was faced with the usual barrage of "What's happening with the 'Arrested Development' movie?" questions. His answers are encouraging.

He tells writer Christina Radish that he's taking a break from writing to work on "Wilde," but is halfway through the script. He doesn't reveal any plot details or a title (because apparently the title might give away too much). But he sounds confident that the project will happen. He says:

"I think we will make this movie. The only stumbling block could be scheduling. All of a sudden, somebody could have a movie out of town, and then we’d have to push it back. But I think everybody just wants to play together. There have been no fall-outs. It was a delightful group."

He then adds that shooting would probably have to run about 30 days to accommodate schedules. And he closes by noting that, apart from "Running Wilde" and putting the Bluth family saga on the big screen, he doesn't have any other projects on the horizon.

"I want to get into producing TV again, but I’m a little more hands-on with this, and then I’m going to try to dive into the Arrested movie."

Am I deluding myself just like Buster Bluth at a (faux) funeral for his father, or does it sound more and more like this might happen? Feel free to discuss in the comments since we haven't engaged in this exact same debate in eons -- and by eons, I mean since those rumors about Jennifer Aniston joining the cast circulated last month.

In the meantime, while you try to psych yourself up for "Running Wilde" in spite of the reviews, feel free to enjoy this clip of Will Arnett and his "Arrested Development" co-stars in a montage of chicken dances.

Arrested Development Chicken Dances - Watch more Funny Videos

By Jen Chaney  | September 21, 2010; 11:52 AM ET
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This article goes on and on about "Arrested Development" like it's the latest John Grisham best seller. Since I never heard of it, I had to noodle around a bit to find out what it is. Or was, it turns out. I found out it was a TV show cancelled three years ago because no one watched it. I don't think it quite qualifies for the the no-explanation-needed treatment. A little background in the future, please.

Posted by: Adelsberger_Bernard | September 21, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Adelsberger_Bernard sounds like a "never nude" to me. Perhaps he should consult with an analrapist.

Posted by: adh11 | September 21, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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