Creator Mitchell Hurwitz says fans can expect a 10-episode series in advance of the show's big-screen debut

October 07, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

At last, fans of the Bluth family may get their Arrested Development fix — just not in the way the show’s creator has been promising. Mitchell Hurwitz dropped a bombshell at an Arrested reunion for the New Yorker Festival on Oct. 2 by announcing plans to produce a 10-episode limited series that would serve as a walk-up to his long-gestating movie. EW has confirmed that 20th Century Fox Television, which co-produced the original comedy for Fox from 2003 to ’06, is in talks with Showtime and Netflix about airing the series next fall, when it would update fans on each character over a nine-week period and culminate with a wrap-up episode that sets up the flick. Filming would likely occur over the summer so the actors could avoid any small-screen conflicts. (Will Arnett costars on NBC’s Up All Night, while Portia de Rossi is developing a comedy for the Peacock with wife Ellen DeGeneres.) ”We’ll do this thing that builds the peril in their lives until they all come together, really, in the first scene of the movie,” Hurwitz told the excited crowd. ”It’s a really ambitious project.”

(Additional reporting by Aubry D’Arminio)

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