No TV network has been crueler to cult audiences than FOX.
In the past decade, network executives claimed the lives of fanboy favorites like Firefly and Futurama and replaced them with a seemingly endless string of high-concept reality shows and generic three-camera sitcoms.
Firefly and Futurama, however, refused to stay dead. Firefly was resurrected in 2005 as the feature film Serenity and a series of graphic novels. And despite cancellation, Futurama never really disappeared—continuing first as comic books, then as four made-for-DVD movies, and finally, in a new season on Comedy Central.
The television gods have not been as kind to another lamented sacrifice: the critically acclaimed, ratings-challenged Mitch Hurwitz sitcom Arrested Development. Though an AD film adaptation has been discussed extensively since the series' finale (which ended with narrator Ron Howard opining that a main character's story could work, if not on TV, as "a movie"), four years have passed without any sign of the Bluths in theaters.
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The potential barriers facing an Arrested Development movie are numerous, but there are two major questions worth addressing. First, do we really want one? Against all odds, the show's writers managed to tie up the show's numerous, complex character arcs in the series finale, and as it stands, all major plot points have been resolved.