As fans of TV's great Arrested Development are aware, there has been talk for several months of making a feature film -- talk that has been clouded by the fact that Michael Cera has been the lone holdout among cast members. Everyone else has publicly expressed enthusiasm for the project, but Cera -- who played awkward teenager George Michael Bluth (a stretch, I know) -- has been a negative nellie. He's just a kid, you know, and he's had a lot of sudden success the last few years, and you can't blame a guy for wanting to be cautious about his next career move. But COME ON!

Now, at last, it looks like everyone will be laughing and riding and cornholing after all. E! Online's TV maven Kristin Dos Santos says, "Inside sources close to the negotiations of the upcoming Arrested Development movie tell me that ... Cera has finally agreed to do the feature film project." She goes on to say that the show's creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, is writing and directing the project for Fox Searchlight, and that it could go before cameras by the end of the year if everything comes together in time.

Ron Howard, who executive-produced the series and served as its narrator, told Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars that "It's looking very much like we're going to make [the movie], but we've now been asked to stop offering any details. It's cloaked in a little mystery, but it's looking good."

Cera was the only naysayer in the cast, so if he really has come to his senses, there would seem to be no other obstacles. Now, if you're wondering whether the movie will actually be any good, or whether it will suffer in the TV-to-movie translation, well, I don't understand the question and I won't respond to it.
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