Considering it was so difficult to round up the cast of “Arrested Development” for the long-rumored and highly anticipated fourth season of the cult favorite TV series at its surprising new home of Netflix, plotting another season or even a follow-up movie seemed like a distant possibility. But series creator Mitch Hurwitz is eager to continue the saga of the Bluth family.
During a Q&A session at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal (via Chortle), Hurwitz was asked if the show would be back for more, and Hurwitz immediately said, “Definitely.” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos was also on hand for the event, and Hurwitz turned to him saying, “‘I don’t want to get into a whole negotiation right now… but I’ve got a family to feed.” But the question is whether or not “Arrested Development” will be back for a new season or the film adaptation that has been kicked around for years.
Hurwitz can’t seem to decide. The series creator thought out loud:
“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. But here’s the most important thing, whatever we do, I want to get the cast all together and not do another anthology thing, and that’s why I keep thinking about kicking off with a special or a three-part show and then going into a series.”
So that means we won’t get the most recent season’s format where each episode followed a specific character, and didn’t feature much of the whole family together on screen, something that even longtime fans were a little disappointed by.
Following this proposal and sparking a sort of verbal agreement, Hurwitz turned to Sarandos and asked, “Are you game for that?” And without hesitation, Sarandos replied, “Absolutely. In any form.” Of course, it’s not as if we haven’t heard this kind of positivity before. Someone from the cast says the movie is happening, then months later another one says it’s not in the cards, so don’t hold your breath for this plan to happen immediately.
However, Hurwitz explained that there were just a lot of ducks to get in a row with 20th Century Fox and more to get the project to move forward. He also admits that maybe he and the writers were dragging their feet a bit as well. He says, “And also part of it was us stalling a little bit, too, waiting to see if the right idea came to us. And I think it has. We have it basically, we have the next step.”
So at least it sounds like they know where the series is going storywise, even if they’re not sure if it will be in the form of a new season or a movie. Either way, it sounds like Netflix has more “Arrested Development” in their future, which should be music to fans’ ears since the newest season ended on a considerable cliffhanger. And considering the series landed three Emmy nominations, including one for Jason Bateman as Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, that should do the company just fine.
All seasons of “Arrested Development” are available to stream on Netflix right now.
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