I’m still trying to figure out how Peter Jackson plans to stretch a modest, 300-odd page novel into three bloated-ass three-hour movies. I don’t even think it took me that long to READ The Hobbit back in fifth grade. But they managed to turn the 32-page Polar Express book into a 1.5 hour movie dedicated to haunting your children’s dreams with creepy CGI hobos, so what do I know? But I am FULLY in favor of the reports that the new-episodes-of-Arrested-Development shoot has ALSO gone a bit runaway and resulted in lots of extra footage. Extra footage that’s getting turned into whole extra episodes. Plural! Multiple! Super-sized!
I’ve learned that, during production on the 10 new episodes ordered by Netflix, Hurwitz shot more material than planned and also came up with ideas for additional scenes and storylines. Hurwitz, producing studio 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV approached Netflix, which agreed to expand the order to what I hear will be 12-15 episodes.
Even better, the rejiggering of the extra episodes (only 10 were ordered originally) will not — I REPEAT WILL NOT — delay the show’s planned spring 2013 debut. Which I know is probably hard to believe, since us Arrested Development fans have all grown accustomed to broken movie promises and having our dreams cruelly dashed over and over again, like Steve Holt waiting day after day at the S.A.D. Reunion Center, mournfully staring at the statue commemorating that kid who found the disembodied hand.
EVERYBODY CHICKEN DANCE.