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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.

The most recent updates imply we will see a fifth season on Netflix as opposed to a film.

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 2013-2015 news.

2016 updates Edit

In a May 2016 interview with Esquire about his new show Lady Dynamite Mitch Hurwitz provided a notable update on the fifth season:

Hurwitz: I'm always trying to move forward with [Arrested Development] regardless of what else is going on in my life. One of the challenges has been a big studio owns it and they don't make TV this way typically. They sign actors for multiple years of a show, and then they shoot. We'll get half of the actors available and we won't quite commit to making the deal, then we'll lose the other half of the actors. I spent some time in the writers room developing an outline for the next season or seasons if we're able to make a deal. I'm trying very hard to get it done because we have a great story to tell. The clock is ticking.

Miller: Does it still seem doable before the election?

Hurwitz: It'll happen. It'll definitely happen. Not before the election, but it's definitely going to happen. I say that because the actors want to do it, the studio wants to do it, Netflix wants to do it, I want to do it. It's just making it happen. There's no one resisting.  

 Esquire.com[1]

On July 27, 2016 at a Television Critics Association press tour Hurwitz stated:

Hurwitz: We're very close. [...] We've got a lot of stories broken. We're ready to go. I'm so appreciative of the fans wanting more, I'd hate to tease them with information until we know it’s going to happen... If it does happen, it looks like shooting would happen at the start of 2017.  

 EW.com[2]

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

4x07 Colony Collapse (061)

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

External linksEdit

  1. 5/18/16 — Esquire.com — Arrested Development Is 'Definitely' Returning, but First You Must Watch Lady Dynamite
  2. 5/18/16 — EW.com — Arrested Development boss: 'We're ready to go' on season 5

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