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'Arrested Development' new episodes, movie confirmed

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Arrested Development will return to TV with a mini-season of new episodes leading into a movie, series creator Mitch Hurwitz has confirmed.

The comedy, which concluded its three-season run in 2006, will film nine or ten episodes before production on the feature gets underway.

Hurwitz announced the news while attending the cast's reunion at the New Yorker Festival earlier today.

Will Arnett, who played George Bluth II on the show, later confirmed via Twitter: "I'm peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie."

Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth) also tweeted: "It's true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early '13. VERY excited!"

The mini-season will focus on where the show's characters are now, in order to reacquaint the audience with the series before the impending movie.

However, there is currently no deal in place to confirm when or where the new episodes will air.

Bateman recently promised that the Arrested Development movie is "on course to be shot next year", telling Digital Spy that the film will feature a number of cameos.

Meanwhile, Bateman's co-star David Cross has said that constantly being asked about the proposed movie is "mildly irritating", saying that for a long time he was not confident that the project would get off the ground.

Watch Jason Bateman discuss the Arrested Development movie below:

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