‘Arrested Development’ Creator, Mitch Hurwitz, to Direct First Movie

By December 11, 2013


Back in August, we reported that Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz would be writing a feature film based on the beloved TV show before he began production on its fifth season. But now it looks like another project might further delay the Bluth family’s return to Netflix.

It was just announced that Fox 2000 has picked up Guinea Pigging, a comedy that will be directed by Hurwitz, with a script written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant . The script is based on a 2008 New Yorker article written by Carl Elliot, that looks at what Elliot calls the “Guinea pig underground” of drug testing subjects.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lennon and Garant’s pitch describes the plot this way:

“[It’s a] sophisticated comedy about a human drug-test subject who volunteers for testing at a pharmaceutical company and experiences unusual side effects.”

Garant and Lennon have a quickly become highly sought after screenwriters, and are currently developing a film adaption of the TV show “Baywatch”. Guinea Pigging will be the feature directorial debut for Hurwitz.

Combining the comedic talent behind “Arrested Development” and “Reno 911” seems as close as you can get to a sure thing and I’m always interested in any comedy that’s based on something kind of dark, so I’m totally on board with my fingers crossed.

Are you excited to see this movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.