Mitch Hurwitz Writing ‘Arrested Development’ Movie Before Season 5

By August 27, 2013
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At the end of last month, “Arrested Development” series creator Mitch Hurwitz indicated that following the comedy’s revival for a fourth season on Netflix, there would definitely be more antics with the Bluth family coming down the road. At the time though, he wasn’t sure in what form the story would continue.

At the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, the writer said:

“I keep thinking about it, and why don’t we do the movie version of this and then do the series, because this series kinda peaks with the story? I kinda go back and forth between that and a series.”

Now it sounds like he’s decided which way to go. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Hurwitz cautiously revealed that he’s writing the movie right now, and he plans to get that off the ground before moving onto a fifth season of the series. Hurwitz said:

I’m working on the movie right now. I can’t get into much more detail because I don’t want to scare anybody off. I don’t want to be presumptuous about it. I don’t own the property outright – it’s a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie.

However, before the fourth season got off the ground, there were always rumblings of a film and no one seemed to know what was going on. Hurwitz wants to be more careful with his cast and fans this time saying:

I’m hoping it happens as soon as possible. But I want to be very careful about not putting out false information. I want to get a time and tell everybody when it’s happening and not play with people. Right now, I’m trying to do something else for Netflix and a movie project and things. I’m always sort of superstitious about talking about this stuff before it happens. It’s the best way to guarantee it doesn’t happen.

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And considering how long it took “Arrested Development” to actually return, Hurwitz knows how talking the talk without walking the walk can create confusion. Plus, if Hurwitz is working on something else for Netflix, there’s no telling how soon this movie might come together.

At the very least, we know that Netflix, Hurwitz and the cast are game for a return, but it’s just a matter of getting them all together again since the creator made it clear that he doesn’t want to go the anthology route that played out in this most recent season. Hopefully the film and fifth season come together sooner than later, but we won’t hold our breath.

All seasons of “Arrested Development” are available to stream on Netflix right now.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.