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Jason Bateman an Michael Cera in Arrested DevelopmentPretty much since the day after it was canceled in 2006, the criminally underseen Fox sitcom 'Arrested Development' has had fans lobbying for, pining for, dreaming about and generally doing everything but sell their souls to secure the making of a feature feature film about the wonderfully idiosyncratic, surprisingly endearing Bluth family. Well, their dream has now taken a huge leap toward reality.

Earlier this year, the show's principal cast members -- Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jessica Walter and even the elusive Michael Cera (long rumored to be the final holdout) -- confirmed that they'd reprise their roles for a film if creator Mitch Hurwitz could crank out a script everyone loved. With Hurwitz's busy schedule -- he was working on the animated sitcom 'Sit Down, Shut Up' at the time, and is now prepping a new series for Arnett -- that was a big "if" ... until now. Jason Bateman an Michael Cera in Arrested DevelopmentPretty much since the day after it was canceled in 2006, the criminally underseen Fox sitcom 'Arrested Development' has had fans lobbying for, pining for, dreaming about and generally doing everything but sell their souls to secure the making of a feature feature film about the wonderfully idiosyncratic, surprisingly endearing Bluth family. Well, their dream has now taken a huge leap toward reality.

Earlier this year, the show's principal cast members -- Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jessica Walter and even the elusive Michael Cera (long rumored to be the final holdout) -- confirmed that they'd reprise their roles for a film if creator Mitch Hurwitz could crank out a script everyone loved. With Hurwitz's busy schedule -- he was working on the animated sitcom 'Sit Down, Shut Up' at the time, and is now prepping a new series for Arnett -- that was a big "if" ... until now.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hurwitz and his co-executive producer James Vallely are hard at work on a script for a big-screen 'Arrested Development' movie that could start filming as early as spring 2010. While scheduling will have to be worked out with the principal cast -- especially those with booming movie careers such as Bateman and Cera -- this is a huge coup for a series that didn't exactly make the Nielsen ratings' honor roll.

But is this good news? Many believe that the series ended on a perfect note, with our hero Michael Bluth (Bateman) fulfilling a fantasy he considered in the series' pilot: sailing off into the sunset with his son George Michael (Cera) and leaving his leeching family (well, most of them -- you've to to watch out for those hop-ons!) behind. That said, the show was so consistently good, it's hard to imagine a movie not living up to our wildest dreams.

What do you think: Are you scared that a movie might damage the Bluth family legacy? Or is an 'Arrested Development' flick and the possibility of another hour-and-a-half with the beloved dysfunctional fam an ingenious idea? If the movie does indeed happen, will George Michael and his maybe cousin Maeby get together? Will Tobias (Cross) "blue himself" again? Will Gob become a real magician, er, illusionist? For our money, we can't wait to find out.

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