We’re less than a month away from a brand new season of Arrested Development, but it seems that appetites for the show are never satisfied—now that fans have secured that new batch of episodes (thanks, Netflix!) we want to hear more about the potential movie. As luck would have it, both David Cross and Jason Bateman are in the middle of press tours for their new films—a perfect time for reporters to grill them about a completely unrelated topic: Arrested Development, the movie.
Cross sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about It’s a Disaster, his new movie about a (literally) apocalyptic brunch. Predictably, talk turned to Tobias. Will fans get enough of him in the fourth season, or will they keep pressing for a big screen adaptation? “I don’t know,” says Cross, “I still wonder if a movie will work. For personal, selfish reasons, I would love to do a movie. I would love to keep the character and this family going. I know what the plan is, and I would love an opportunity to get to do it. Whether that happens, I don’t know. But I want to work with these people for the rest of my life.” Still, the actor has doubts about whether or not the television series is adaptable. “I think it will work,” Cross asserts, “But the idea of going into a theater and watching the Bluth family on a massive screen, I’m not sure if that experience will work. I think it would be weird and unsettling, but who knows?”
Don’t panic—Cross assures fans that “there is certainly an idea that’s flushed out and ready to be written. But I can’t say what it is.” If Cross’ words rattled you, Jason Bateman has news that will soothe: the new sort-of-season and the movie are a package deal in his eyes. “As [creator Mitchell Hurwitz] was writing the movie, it was too big of a story to fit in a 120-page script, so he decided to put the first act in these episodes,” said Bateman in a recent interview with I Am Rogue (via Indiewire’s Playlist). “So acts two and three will be in the movie. One doesn’t really work without the other. They keep saying it’s a new season, but it is actually a bunch of episodes that set up the movie. It asks a bunch of questions that then the movie answers. So it’s kind of a package.”
Only the package isn’t quite at the post office yet: “The movie is not a done deal yet” said Bateman, “Unfortunately there is probably going to be a year, maybe a year and a half gap between the [new season and the film].” Chin up, Arrested Development fans! That just gives you the perfect excuse to watch the new season once (or several times) in May and again when the movie comes out.