Neither Season Five nor a movie of Arrested Development have yet been officially greenlit but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Arrested 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.
The most recent updates imply we will see a fifth season on Netflix as opposed to a film.
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.
- See Season Five or a Movie?/History for 2013-2016 news.
In January 2017 series producer Brian Grazer announced that all cast salary negotiations had completed and the fifth season would happen "soon":
Brian Grazer: All of the actors have agreed to do it and I think they’ve agreed to their compensation structure. That’s been the hardest–it’s all hard… But it should be happening soon.BusinessInsider
Season Four cliffhangers
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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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
In various post-Season Four interviews, Hurwitz has mentioned that several other elements will return in the next chapter:
- The Chicken Dance
- Cindy the Ostrich and the Season Four motif of ostriches.
- Franklin Delano Bluth
- The Banana Stand
- Parmesan cheese & mustard
- Dr. Norman
- "Love Each Other"
Interviews and Video Clips
- 5/29/13 - Reed Hastings On Arrested Development, Hulu, And Netflix As The Next HBO: Video
- 6/4/13 - Arrested Development Creator Mitch Hurwitz on Early Reactions to Season 4
- 6/5/13 - Arrested Development: Mitchell Hurwitz on the movie -- and the Romney joke you never saw
- 6/6/13 - Arrested Development Postmortem: Mitch Hurwitz Tells Vulture What’s Next for the Bluths
- 7/11/13 - Arrested Development in talks for Netflix renewal
- 7/11/13 - Bloomberg Video: Netflix in Talks for Arrested Development
- 7/25/13 - Is Arrested Development coming back? Definitely
- 8/6/13 - Mitch Hurwitz Interview by Flirt FM 101.3
- 8/8/13 - Arrested Development creator Hurwitz: 'I'm really, really happy with it, for the dumbest reasons'
- 8/26/13 - Arrested Development Movie Is Moving Forward
- 9/23/13 - Arrested Development News: Hurwitz Confirms Movie, More Slattery
- 9/25/13 - Arrested Development is coming back on Netflix: 'There's no question,' says Ted Sarandos
- 10/12/13 - Arrested Development to be Netflix movie? - NY Comic Con 2013
- 10/23/13 - Mitch Hurwitz on the Creative Process, Casting Jason Bateman, and Loose Seals
- 10/24/13 - 'Arrested Development' Cast Reuniting for 'Inside the Actors Studio'
- 01/19/14 - Jason Bateman offers update on 'Arrested Development' Season 5
- 2/3/14 - Will Arnett Didn't Get To Keep His LEGO Batman From The LEGO Movie
- 6/11/14 - NERDIST PODCAST: MITCH HURWITZ
- 8/5/14 - Netflix binges on new shows
- 1/7/15 - NETFLIX COMMENTS ON ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: SEASON 5 AND WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
- 4/7/15 — Arrested Development Producer Promises Such a Specific Number of New Episodes, It Must Be True
- 6/2/15 — TheWrap.com — More Arrested Development Coming to Netflix in Mid-2016, Says Producer Brian Grazer
- 7/28/15 — IGN.com — Arrested Development: New season "plugging along" says Netflix head
- 12/11/15 — Deadline.com — Ron Howard Provides Promising Update On Arrested Development Season 5