I’m happy that Michael Cera appears to have dropped his opposition to doing an Arrested Development movie (I can’t be the only one who got the impression that this was all a bit of Kabuki to call attention to himself or the project; it never really seemed likely that he wouldn’t come back), but even though this is less likely, it actually intrigues me more:
DANNY DEVITO is hailing a cab all the way to the movies – he wants his hit TV show TAXI to be revamped as a reunion film.
The actor, who played a bad-tempered boss in the beloved sitcom, wants to reteam with Christopher Lloyd, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza and the rest of the surviving cast for a movie.
He says, “It’s not out of the question that down the line we could go revisit the garage and do a really good Taxi reunion movie.
“We love Taxi. I did five years on it. All the people on Taxi are my friends. Everybody started doing other things, so we were all separated and there was no way to get us back together at the same time.”
Sure, he’s only talking about it as a possibility, rather than an actual in-development project, but DeVito has gotten the cast together once before — for the Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon, which he produced. He could probably get them back again for a TV reunion movie. And Taxi is one show that would actually lend itself to that format, because they already did episodes about what the characters do when they’re not together (one episode was about what they did before they were cabbies; another was what they did while they were laid off). Yes, Andy Kaufman’s dead and that’s too bad, but Kaufman was only in 13 episodes per season anyway, and some of the best episodes didn’t have him in it.
But the real reason I want this to happen (though it probably won’t) is because it’s probably the only way to prod Paramount into releasing the 4th and 5th seasons. Come on, guys, reunite. Do it for the DVD.