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…

4 Star Wars Comics I would like to see

Hey everyone and welcome back. For my handful of readers out there, thanks for reading. Last post I talked about an idea I had for a marvel Defenders comic and I decided to tackle a different Marvel Franchise this week: Star Wars.

I have been a huge fan of the Marvel Star Wars line, picking up pretty much every ongoing and mini-series, but there are a few series I would like to see. Let me know what you think of my picks and what Star Wars Comics you would like to see. Here they are in no particular order.

Boba Fett(mini-series): I’m surprised there hasn’t been a boba fett series since Marvel started publishing the Star Wars comics two years ago, but I feel like it’s only a matter of time. I could see an ongoing series happening, but I would rather see a mini-series featuring everyone’s favorite bounty hunter. Perhaps one taking place between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

Bounty Hunters(ongoing): Speaking of Bounty Hunter; Star Wars has a rich roster of bounty hunter besides just Boba fett and I would like to see an ongoing team book that pairs up some of the worst bounty hunting scum. I would like to see classic bounty hunters like Bossk, Dengar and IG-88 along with new creations such as Black Krrstan(from the Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra comics) and Chanath Cha(from the Lando mini-series) and maybe Aurra Sing. Boba Fett could be a guest star, but I would like the spotlight to stay on the lesser-known Bounty Hunters.  I think the series should be set after Return of the Jedi to explore what happens to the Bounty Hunters after the fall of the Empire

Wedge Antilles(mini-series): Besides Lando I was probably most disappointed that Wedge didn’t make an appearance in The Force Awakens. I feel like he’s an underappreciated character that I would like to see more of.  A Wedge series might be a little to close in concept to the ongoing Poe Dameron series, but I think it would also have the potential to be a good spy-thriller story with Wedge sent to infiltrate the Empire before the events of A New Hope

Mace Windu(mini-series): Even though he’s dead there’s no reason Mace Windu can’t still feature in the comics. I would like to see a mini-series featuring one of his adventures between Episodes I and II. Maybe even have him partner up with Yoda.

What do you guys think of my choices?

 

Weekly Comic Pull List:

Speaking of comics, here are the comics I will be picking up this week.

What I picked up last week:

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3: Probably my least favorite of the star wars series. I’m not sure if I will pick up the next issue

Trinity #5: I’m interested to see how this initial story arc will end, but I’m not sure if I will keep reading beyond that

U.S.Avengers #2: The second issue was just as good as the first and Golden Skull makes for a great villain

X-files #10: I keep on wanting to stop reading this series, but every issues just seems to pull me back in.

What I will be picking up this week:

Star Wars #27: Speaking of Star Wars comics, this is probably my favorite one being published right now.

Infamous Iron Man #4: This is another book I’m on the fence about, but I’ll give it another shot to see what they do with the Victor von Doom character, one of my favorite villains

Detective Comics#949

 

 

Post end Poem:

Decreation

 

The scorched black

sphere that was

the Earth

hangs insensately in the vast void of space

It’s destruction

came with millions of booms

which rescinded into

a long-winded whimper.

 

Last man walks on the

ashen sand of the Sahara Desert,

his feet pressing deeply into the coarse ground

Heat reaches up

for him like an ancient nemesis

trying to strangle him,

but he pulls back from the deadly embrace,

 

He seeks to leave the decaying world

and the countless bodies

discarded from thousands of

battles.

Their lifeless faces taunt him

from all directions

One day he will

remember this horrific moment

and cry out

until his vocal cord ruptures

and he is mute.

 

Man and Death sigh in unison,

contemplating the tragic misunderstanding

which led them here.

 

He steals another

deep breath,

and let’s the silence return.

He is just another

lost spirit

in the saga

of creation.

 

 

Currently:

Watching(TV): Game of Thrones(season 2)

Watching(movies): Hellboy: Sword of Storms

Playing: Super Star Wars

Reading(books): A Feast of Crows by George R.R Martin

Reading(Comics): Deathstroke(2014 series), Lando

 

That does it for me. As always thanks for reading and any and all comments are welcome and appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

Comic Book Pitch: Defenders of the Multiverse

I originally intended this to be a post about how Marvel should revive the Defenders team, but I guess they already have it planned with a Defender comic series featuring the same roster as the Netflix Series: Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist.

While I like the idea(I would like to see Punisher, Elektra, and maybe Moon Knight on the team, but otherwise…) I also think they should take advantage of the upsurge of interest in the Defenders name and create another book, most likely connected to this new one, that features a more traditional Defenders roster. I call it Defenders of the Multiverse and here’s my pitch.

Roster:

Dr. Strange: Dr. Strange was one of the founding member of the Defenders so it would be nice to see him return. It would be interesting to see how he would work on the team now that he’s lost some of his magic

Namor: Also another founding member of the Defender

She-hulk: With Bruce Banner killed in Civil War II and Jennifer Walters about to get her own series simply titled Hulk she would make a great edition to the team.

Valkyrie, Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider: Three mainstays of the Defenders who would make good teammates. I wouldn’t mind seeing the return of the Johnny Blaze version of Ghost Rider.

Iron Fist: Iron Fist would provide a link with the main defenders team and it would be cool to see him teaming up with Dr. Strange and Ghost Rider, characters with mystic based powers also.

Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman: The Fantastic Four has disbanded. The Thing is with SHIELD. Human Torch is with the Inhumans, but what about Mr. and Mrs. Reed Richards. The last time we saw them was at the end of Secret Wars when Reed set out to recreate the Marvel Multi-verse, which is part of why he brings together this new team of Defenders, to help him defend the Multi-verse

Infamous Iron Man(Victor Von Doom): If the ongoing Infamous Iron Man series is any indication Victor Von Doom is trying to become and hero and what better way to do this than team-up with some other heroes to defend the Multi-verse,plus and uneasy alliance between the former Dr. Doom and Mr. Fantastic would be fun to see.

Story Line Pitch: Reed Richards and his wife Susan, who have gone off to reconstruct the Multi-verse have returned  to Earth when a new threat to the multi-verse(Kang the conqueror or one of his many alternate versions) emerges. They decide to assemble and team including their archnemesis Victor Von Doom to travel with them across the Multi-verse and fight Kang the Conqueror.

Anyways that’s my pitch for a new Defenders comic. What do you guys think and do you have any ideas of your own?

Latest Comedy Set:

This is a set I did last week for a open mic at my local VFW. It is probably the shortest set I’ve done.

 

Weekly Comic Pull List:

What I got last week:

Detective Comics #946: I’m still enjoying the series

All-star Batman #6: I was excited for the Mr. Freeze storyline and so far I’m enjoying it. Perhaps even more than the opening Two-face arc.

Poe Dameron #10: Not much to say beyond that I’m still enjoying this series

God Country #1: I wasn’t planning on picking this one up, but I thought I would check it out and I’m glad I did.

What I’m getting this week:

Trinity #5: I’m not sure about this series, but I will probably pick up this issue and see if it can keep my interest

X-files #10: I’m a pretty big fan of x-files which is the only reason I’m still reading this series

USAVengers #2:  I enjoyed the first issue, so I’m going to keep reading it.

Dr. Aphra #3: Out of the three ongoing Star Wars series I feel like this one is probably the weakest, but I’m willing to give it another chance

 

What are you picking up this week?

 

 

Currently:

Watching(TV): Game of Thrones(Season 2), The Comedians

Playing: Super Star Wars

Reading: A Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin and Restaurant and the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Listening to: Departure by REM

Writing: My Arrested Development Screenplay.

 

That does it for me. See you next time

 

 

Introductory Post

Hello Internet,

My name is Tim Miller. This is my first post on WordPress, but I am by no means new to blogging. For many years  I was a blogger on the IGN Blogs/.MyIGN, but with a new year I thought I would try starting a new blog. It will feature a lot of my similar stuff to my
old blog , just in a different place, so mostly entertainment stuff with a heavy dose of Arrested Development as the blog title is Blog of an Arrested Development Fan.

A little bit about me: I’m 26 from Missoula, Montana. I’m a huge fan of Arrested Development, Star Wars, and Batman among other things. I’m an aspiring writer and I also recently started doing stand-up comedy which I’m really starting to enjoy.

This is a new blog, but I’m still going to do some of the same features I did on my old blog. One such feature was called Future Installmentswhere I created a wishlist for a future installment in a game, movie, tv, or even comic franchise.

I just recently finished up Season 1 of the The Telltale Batman Series and while nothing has been officially announced I’m assuming  a season 2 will happen and here are a few things I want to see in Batman; The Telltale Series Season 2

Returning Villains: The interactions with Selina were some of my favorite parts the first season and I would like to see that relationship continue. They set up Joker nicely as a dangling thread from Season 1 so I would be surprised if they don’t do anything with it. The also left it open for Two-face, Penguin and Lady Arkham to return, but I don’t care as much about  them. I feel like they got covered pretty well in the first season

New Villains: I do like the fact they introduced Lady Arkham as a new character in the first season and I would like to see maybe a new one for Season 2, but I would also like to see classic Batman villains such as Riddler and Mr. Freeze make an appearance. I have a feeling Ras al Ghul and the League of Shadows is probably connected to Lady Arkham and the Children of Arkham so he would probably play a decent role in the story. One of my personal favorite villains that I feel like doesn’t get a lot of justice is Hush, so I wouldn’t mind seeing him play a role.

Robin: I know some are you are probably scoffing at the inclusion of Robin, but I think he is a big part of the Batman mythos and should not be overlooked. The first season takes place early in Batman’s career so I could see season 2 having him meet Dick Grayson, the first Robin

Continue to Provide new takes on the story: One of the things I enjoyed about Season 1 was there willingness to change some parts of the Batman Mythos such as Vicki Vale being Lady Arkham, Harvey Dent not necessarily being scarred, and a more personal connection between Bruce Wayne and Oswald Cobblepot. I would like that to continue in Season 2.  One of the most memorable moments in the first season was the choice to save Harvey from being disfigured at Penguin’s hands. It provided a chance to change established continuity. I think, if Robin is included, a similar decision can be made where you can either save the Flying Grayson(Dick’s family) or not and see how that would alter the timeline and the Batman/Robin dynamic or even if it would even exist.

 

Anyways those are some of my thoughts for  Batman: The Telltale Series Season 2. What do you guys think and what would you like to see?

Latest Stand-up Video: I mentioned I was a stand-up comedian so I think I might try and post my latest set at the end of each post

 

Weekly Comedy Pull List: Since I plan on doing one post a week, usually on Sundays(no promises though) I thought I would give you guys a preview of what  comics I will be picking up this week.

What I got Last WeeK:

USAvengers #1: I’ve been looking for a marvel team book to read so I thought I would try this new series out. I enjoyed the first issue and will probably pick up at least the second issue

Klaus and the Witch of Winter: I picked up this one-shot because I really liked the mini-series, but I felt like there was a little lacking. I think there is more story to discover in the Klaus universe though.

X-files #9: I read this series mostly out of habit, but it does seem to keep sucking me back in

 

What I will Pick up this week:

Detective Comics #946: I’m definitely enjoying this current run of Detective Comics

All-star Batman #6:  Another great Batman series. I’m excited for the start of the Mr. Freeze story arc

Poe Dameron #10: This is probably my second favorite ongoing Star Wars Series after the main one(RIP Darth Vader). It kind of makes me wish there were more  Force Awaken-era series

What I might pick up this week:

Obi-wan and Anakin #1:  I’m not sure about this one. It is a mini-series and I do like Star Wars, I just don’t know if I want a Prequel trilogy-era comic.

That’s what I’m picking up. What about you guys.

 

Post-end Poem: I’ve written a few poems here and there and I thought I would share them with you guys to cap off my post. Let me know what you think.

Creation of the Poem

 

The poem came first,

embedded in the soul

of the poet.

 

It sprang from him,

like an uncaged beast.

 

He let it pour out

and began to write feverishly.

Stillborn drafts

piled on the floor.

 

From deep inside his being

the words leapt

 

Finally, he set his pen down,

and let out an exasperated sigh,

satisfied with the new creation.

 

Currently:

Reading(Books): A Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin

Reading(comics): Blackest Night and Forever Evil

Watching(tv): Game of Thrones(season 1)

Watching(movies): Why Him?

 

That does it for me. As always, thanks for reading and all comments are welcome and appreciated