03/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

"Arrested Development" Movie "Going Ahead" (VIDEO)

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:

"I don't think I would want to see a movie of the series if I was a fan, anyway. And I don't really see a need for it if you can get the three seasons on DVD."

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."

Rumors about a movie version of the critically-lauded, yet largely-unwatched show have been circulating since the final episode in 2006, but three years later the team isn't yet in production.

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."