Those of us who watched Arrested Development on Fox from 2003-2006 remember it as one of the most brilliantly funny TV shows ever made. Some of us still weep softly from time to time, mourning its demise. We remember the hopeful last lines of the last episode, when Maeby pitched her family's story to Ron Howard, who said: "I just don't see it as a TV series. Maybe a movie?"

Now E! Online's TV maven Kristin Dos Santos reports that an Arrested Development movie might indeed be happening.

Folks, this is even more exciting than Motherboy. There has been speculation ever since that tantalizing bit of final dialogue, but now Kristin says that two of the stars, Jason Bateman and Jeffrey Tambor, have confirmed getting calls from series creator Mitch Hurwitz and producer Ron Howard, asking if they're on board for a movie. And of course they're on board! Kristin says "other sources" tell her that other cast members have been approached, too, and are just as eager.

She says: "Insiders also tell me that while creator Mitch Hurwitz does not yet have a script, he has a good, solid understanding of what he'd like to do for the movie, and Universal is very much interested."

So it would seem that Hurwitz & Co. are serious about it -- not tossing off a self-referential joke at the end of the final episode, but actually planning to go through with it. Now we have even more reason to hope the strike ends soon! I'm so excited I might need an extra visit to my analrapist. (That's analyst/therapist, for you non-AD types. If you had watched the show I wouldn't have to explain these references to you.)