My Arrested Development Screenplay: Part 1

Hey everyone. I’m a huge fan of Arrested Development. As you can probably tell by my blog title. I’m such a big fan that in high school,  before season 4 was even announced, I endeavored to write my own version of an Arrested Development Movie. I did end up posting it in multiple parts on my old blog, but recently I kind of rediscovered the script and decided to do a rewrite and perhaps do a table read of it with a few of my comedian buddies. Since I’ve rewritten it I thought I would share it with you over the course of the next few months in multiple parts. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think. Be mindful that it does for the most part ignore season 4.

 

 

Part 1

FADE IN:

EXT. CABO SAN LUCAS MODEL HOME – DAY– EST. AERIAL SHOT

We get an above shot of the Cabo San Lucas Model Home and the a few figures sitting on the beach on front of the Model Home.

EXT. CABO SAN LUCAS MODEL HOME — DAY

MICHAEL BLUTH, GEORGE BLUTH SR, and GEORGE MICHAEL BLUTH are sitting on the beach of a deserted island in beach chairs; all in swimming trunks, behind them is George Senior’s vacation house with a satellite dish attached to the front roof of the house and an American flag hanging by the door. In front of the house is sign that reads “Another outstanding house built by the Bluth Company. In between Michael and George Senior is a cooler marked “H. Maddas” In front of them is a small TV.  In the background we can hear the TV.

CLOSE-UP: MICHAEL

FREEZE FRAME ON MICHAEL

NARRATOR (V.O.)

                   This is Michael Bluth…

SUPER: MICHAEL BLUTH: FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE BLUTH COMPANY

CLOSE-UP: GEORGE SENIOR

FREEZE FRAME ON GEORGE SENIOR

NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT’D)

…this is his father George Senior…

SUPER: GEORGE BLUTH, SR: FORMER OWNER OF THE BLUTH COMPANY

CLOSE-UP: GEORGE MICHAEL

FREEZE FRAME ON GEORGE MICHAEL

NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT’D)

…And finally this is Michael’s son, George Michael.

SUPER: GEORGE MICHAEL BLUTH: FORMER EMPLOYEE OF THE BLUTH BANANA STAND

Zoom out from George Michael’s face to get a full shot of Michael, George Senior, and George Michael sitting on the beach in beach chairs, enjoying a carefree tropical day.

NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT’D)

Michael, his father, and his son are currently enjoying a                    carefree day at George Senior’s Model Home in Cabo San Lucas,             Mexico.

CLOSE-UP: TV

Cut to:

 

Int. NEWSDESK — DAY

JOHN BEARD is sitting at a news desk reading the news.

JOHN BEARD

In other news, Lucille Bluth, Matriarch of the Bluth family died today while being incarcerated at the O.C. Women’s’ Correctional Facility.

NEWS PRODUCER (O.S.)

(whisper)

Don’t call it that.

JOHN BEARD

(whispering to the producer)

What?

NEWS PRODUCER (O.S.)

(whispering)

Don’t call Orange County “the O.C.”

JOHN BEARD

Uh… I’m sorry the Orange County Women’s’ Correctional Facility.

JOHN BEARD (CONT’D)

(whispering to the producer, slightly perturbed)

Is that better?

NEWS PRODUCER (O.S.)

Ok.

JOHN BEARD

We now go live to reporter Starla Collins at the Orange County Women’s’ Correctional Facility

CUT TO:

EXT. ORANGE COUNTY WOMEN’S’ CORRECTIONAL FACILITY — DAY

Outside the gate to the Correctional Facility we see STARLA, former Bluth Company Business Model. She is currently checking her makeup and teeth using the reflection from the camera. A news graphic on the screen reads “matriarch of Bluth clan dead/ martriarca de Bluth familia muerte” below the headline is the words “reported by Starla Collins”

 

STARLA

Are we on?

CAMERAMAN (O.S.)

Yes

STARLA

(embarrassed)

Uhh… Yes, John, I just learned from Warden Stephen Gentles, the warden here at the women’s facility that Lucille Bluth was found this morning dead in her cell.

INSERT: PICTURE OF WARDEN GENTLES.

BACK TO SCENE

STARLA

He offered no comment on the cause of death, but in a recent photo taken before her stint in jail we can assume that she was having health problems before being arrested.

INSERT: PICTURE OF LUCILLE

BACK TO SCENE

The picture of Lucille is clearly a picture of her drunk with frazzled hair, at a Bluth company party, but she does look slightly sickly.

CLOSE-UP: LUCILLE’S PICTURE

FREEZE FRAME ON TV SCREEN AND LUCILLE’S PICTURE

NARRATOR (V.O.)

This is Lucille Bluth

SUPER: LUCILLE BLUTH: SOCIALITE

NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT’D)

…she isn’t having a good day.

DISSOLVE TO:

 WHITE SCREEN

TITLE CARD UP: ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (IN BLACK LETTERS)

NARRATOR (V.O.)

Now the continuing story of the family who lost everything together, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together… It’s Arrested Development…

TITLE CARD UP- THE MOVIE (IN ORANGE LETTERS RIGHT UNDER ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT)

 

NARRATOR (V.O.)

…the Movie.

DISSOLVE TO:

 INT. GEORGE AND LUCILLE’S BALBOA ISLAND YACHT CLUB PENTHOUSE

Michael, George Michael, George Senior, enter the penthouse. LINDSAY, CARL WEATHERS, GOB, STEVE HOLT, OSCAR, BUSTER, SUSIE CARLON and LARRY CARLON, Lucille’s sister and her son, are seated on couches in the living room. In the background, hanging over the entrance to the dining room is a banner that read “Family Welcome Michael, George Michael Dad”

 

NARRATOR(V.O.)

Days after hearing about Lucille’s Michael,

George Senior and George Michael

returned home to a family they hadn’t seen in years.

GOB

Michael? Dad?

 

Gob gets up and goes over to hug Michael

 

GOB (CONT’D)

(hugging Michael and trying to make him taste his. tears)

Taste the sad

SUPER: GOB

FREEZE FRAME ON GOB

NARRATOR (V.O.)

This is Michael’s older brother, Gob

SUPER: GEORGE “GOB” BLUTH II: PART-TIME MAGICIAN

MICHAEL

(patting Gob on the shoulder)

I know; I can’t believe she’s gone either.

GOB

Just wait a minute. I have to go get Franklin.

 

 

Gob exits.

 

MICHAEL

What happened to mom?

BUSTER

(yelling)

Warden Gentles killed her!

CLOSE UP: BUSTER

FREEZE FRAME ON BUSTER

 

NARRATOR (V.O.)

This is Michael’s younger brother, Buster

SUPER: BYRON “BUSTER” BLUTH: PROSTHETIC SALESMAN

OSCAR

He doesn’t know what he’s saying. He’s just upset.

 

Oscar goes to comfort Buster.

 

FREEZE FRAME ON OSCAR

 

CLOSE-UP: OSCAR

 

SUPER: OSCAR BLUTH: HIPPIE/UNCLE

 

NARRATOR (V.O.)

This is Michael’s uncle, Oscar, George Senior’s twin brother.

 

BUSTER

I’m going to kill Warden Gentles!

NARRATOR (V.O.)

In fact Warden Gentles had nothing to do with Lucille’s death. After being sentenced to 10 years in a women’s correctional facility Lucille hung herself with a tie smuggled to her to by Gob. Warden Gentles just happened to be the Warden at the Orange County Women’s Correctional Facility.

CUT TO:

 INT. LUCILLE’S CELL — DAY

SUPER: A FEW DAYS EARLIER

A guard walks in to find Lucille dead.

GUARD

Not again.

 

To be continued…

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Author: timmiller1213

I'm a stand-up comedian and aspiring writer. Also a huge fan of Arrested Development

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