Ron Howard confirmed at Sunday's Oscars that the "Arrested Development" movie was in fact going ahead and that show creator Mitch Hurwitz is in the process of writing the script. (Video of MTV's brief interview with Howard is pasted below.)
Howard also said that he's been asked not to talk about who's in and who's out, which is an obvious reference to long-time hold-out Michael Cera. (UPDATED BELOW)
Cera is reportedly the only cast member who hasn't signed on, saying:
He told MTV he might even "put the script in a shredder."
In January, Jeffrey Tambor, the show's patriarch, said he'd force the young star's hand:
"If I have to call him up and say, 'Get on set right now, young man,' he'll be there, the movie is going to happen this year, and Michael Cera is on board. Trust me."
This is the first confirmation of progress on the project since the team got funding in November.
E! is reporting that Michael Cera has signed on for the film:
"Inside sources close to the negotiations of the upcoming Arrested Development movie tell me that 'Superbad' and 'Juno' star (and before that, hello, George-Michael Bluth!) Michael Cera has finally agreed to do the feature film project."