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Season Five or a Movie?


Neither Season Five nor a movie of Arrested Development have yet been officially greenlit but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Chief Content Officer Ted SarandosArrested Development show-runner Mitch Hurwitz, and executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, along with many members of the cast have expressed interest in continuing the Bluth family story in more episodes or in a movie.

Latest update Edit

On July 28, 2015 Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos commented at the Television Critic's Association Press Tour that Season Five planning was underway:

It’s a long complex deal to make to make for these guys both because the talent is very busy and working on other shows [...] But also because the show is owned by Fox. The intent is to have a new season of Arrested Development, and all negotiations are underway.  

 7/28/15 — IGN.com

On July 23, 2015 Brian Grazer appeared on CNN and had an interview with Brian Stelter where he revealed Mitch Hurwitz was assembling a writers room for the next season and they had not yet settled on an exact episode count until the story is broken:

Grazer on 'Arrested Development' writers' ..01:37

Grazer on 'Arrested Development' writers' ...

HistoryEdit

2013 Netflix Press Conference - Jason 1

Jason Bateman calls Season Four "Act 1"

The final episode of Season Three, "Development Arrested" featured Maeby and Mort Meyers pitching a TV show about the Bluth family to Ron Howard, who said "maybe a movie." Since that episode aired in February 2006 the cast and crew dropped hints about a film epilogue and at the 2011 New Yorker Festival Reunion Hurwitz and the main cast announced they were going to make a fourth season as a prequel to the film.

During pre-production, production, post-production, and press events for the new season, Jason Bateman and Hurwitz repeatedly called Season Four "Act 1" of a three-act story. Season Four premiered on May 26, 2013 and concluded with several cliffhangers.

Three days after the premiere Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix announced the company was open to more Arrested Development if the cast and crew could make it a reality. Arrested showrunner Hurwitz said he needed some rest after the past two years making Season Four a reality, but he knew the direction he wanted to take the Bluth family story and was planning on changing the storytelling mechanism yet again (as he did on the fourth season.) He also mentioned that the next chapter could be told in either film, episodic, or needlepoint pattern formats.

NewsEdit

See Season Five or a Movie?/History for 2013 and 2014 news.

2015 interviewsEdit

On January 7, 2015 Ted Sarandos told reporters at the Television Critics association that scheduling for all cast members is difficult but “everyone is trying to make it happen.”

On February 19, 2015 Portia de Rossi had an interview with ELLE Magazine to discuss her character and diversity on TV. ELLE also asked her about Arrested Development.

ELLE: Will there be more Arrested Development?

Portia de Rossi: I have heard that they are working out how to do something more for Netflix, whether it's going to be another season or a movie. I'm not sure how it's going to take shape. I know there is interest in doing more. I'm hoping we become the Boyhood of TV where we keep going over a span of time and our children will have children. The Bluth family should never go away. We should keep popping up every few years.  

 February 19, 2015 - Portia de Rossi ELLE Magazine Interview


On April 7, 2015 Brian Grazer was interviewed on the podcast B.S. Report was Bill Simmons where he stated another season consisting of 17 episodes was in the works.

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Brian Grazer and Bill Simmons discuss AD season 5 and Grazer's new book

At 24:22 Brian discusses Arrested Development

Bill Simmons: And Arrested Development was the most street cred?

Brian Grazer: I love Arrested Development but it was never a huge thing. But people are loyal to it, and we're going to do another 17 episodes. So stay tuned for more Arrested Development.  

 April 7, 2015 - Brain Grazer interview


On June 2, 2015 Brian Grazer appeared on The Adam Corolla Show Podcast and talked about the fifth season. He mentioned that he met with 20th Century Fox on Monday, June 1 to complete the deal and that production was set to begin early in 2016, with a release in mid 2016.

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Brian Grazer talks Arrested Development Season 5 on Adam Corolla Show podcast 6 2 15

Adam Corolla: Before we wrap this up, ‘’Arrested Development’’, what’s going on with that? What’s the status of that?

Brian Grazer: Well I had a conversation with Fox this morning. Netflix is determined to do more episodes so we’re going to do more episodes. We’re going to do it at the turn of the year - January, February, we’re going to start it. it’s a lot of juggling of all these stars’ lives. […] Mitch Hurwitz, who I just called when I was sitting out there sitting in your beautiful waiting room […] I made the call to Mitch to say everybody’s into it.

Adam Corolla: So you go into production… when do you think?

Brian Grazer: Well, after the first of the year.

Adam Corolla: And then we can look for new episodes…

Brian Grazer: I guess… four months after that.  

  The Adam Corolla Show Podcast

On July 23, 2015 Brian Grazer appeared on CNN and had an interview with Brian Stelter where he revealed Mitch Hurwitz was assembling a writers room for the next season and they had not yet settled on an exact episode count until the story is broken:

Grazer on 'Arrested Development' writers' ..01:37

Grazer on 'Arrested Development' writers' ...

On July 28, 2015 Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos commented at the Television Critic's Association Press Tour that Season Five planning was underway:

It’s a long complex deal to make to make for these guys both because the talent is very busy and working on other shows [...] But also because the show is owned by Fox. The intent is to have a new season of Arrested Development, and all negotiations are underway.  

 7/28/15 — IGN.com


Season Four cliffhangersEdit

4x12 Señoritis body outline

Lucille 2's outline from "Señoritis"

Season Four ends with several cliffhangers:

  • Who killed Lucille 2? — Buster is arrested for Lucille Austero's murder although every Bluth has motive for her disappearance. Furthermore, no evidence has been shown she is actually dead.
4x09 Smashed (99)

Thing is seen (poorly) dancing in the floating train wreck of a musical.

  • Who played Thing in Fantastic 4: An Action Musical? — Tobias gives the Thing costume to Buster, who leaves it by the Chicken Dan's tent before punching Herbert Love and fleeing. Yet Thing is seen (poorly) dancing in the floating train wreck of a musical.
  • What is Michael ashamed of? — Michael returns to the model home late the night of Cinco wearing a banana stand yellow shirt, and is extremely ashamed of something he did. Is it connected to Lucille 2's disappearance?
4x01 Flight of the Phoenix (026)

Michael, late Cinco night, in "Flight of the Phoenix"

  • What happens to Fakeblock? — George Michael's fake company Fakeblock is based on a software that doesn't exist. At the end of the season George Michael is being sued by P-Hound for the ownership of Fakeblock and is, unbeknownst to himself, also being threatened by the hacktivist group Anonymous (who leave him the misinterpreted note "you are about to get screwed like you've never been screwed before") because of Fakeblock's alleged anti-piracy abilities. On top of it all, he is also committing fraud, as Fakeblock doesn't actually have any of its (vaguely) advertised capabilities.
4x08 Red Hairing (235)

A handful of smaller stories that could be explored further

  • What happens to George Michael's relationship with his father Michael, and their lover's triangle with Rebel Alley?George Michael and Michael's tug-of-war over Rebel comes to a head when George Michael steps up to his father and punches him.
  • A handful of smaller stories that could be explored further, such as George's new life as a woman, Maeby's life as a sex offender, Lindsay's congressional run, G.O.B. in a post-Tony Wonder world, a newly forgiving and loving Lucille and post-explosion Tobias.

Other story continuations Edit

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G.O.B. eats Parmesan cheese and mustard in "Colony Collapse"

In various post-Season Four interviews, Hurwitz has mentioned that several other elements will return in the next chapter:

Interviews and Video ClipsEdit

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