On July 11, 2013 Arrested Development executive producer Brian Grazer revealed during an interview:
Jon Erlichman: I have to ask you, are you going to do another season?
Brian Grazer: We are! We're in conversations with them to do another season. They are interested, Netflix, in doing that. Mitch is ready to do it and so are the actors, so we're very excited about it.July 11, 2013 — Bloomberg.com
At the 2013 Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal Ted Sarandos and Mitch Hurwitz held a panel on Arrested and Netflix. They both took the opportunity to confirm the gears were turning for Season Five:
Mitch Hurwitz: I kinda go back and forth between [a movie] 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. [To Ted Sarandos] Are you game for that?
Ted Sarandos: Absolutely. In any form.July 25, 2013 — Chortle.co.uk
In an August interview with Flirt FM 101.3 Mitch explained that the next chapter of the Bluths would continue most of the stories in Season Four and would revolve around a trial about the disappearance of Lucille 2. He also said he was leaning toward making a movie before another season as it would be easier to schedule and produce.
In a podcast interview with Empire Mitch Hurwitz said that himself, Netflix and the cast of Arrested Development want to do a Movie. Also later in the month, Mitch sat down with The Guardian and talked about making the Netflix season and a possibility of a movie:
The Guardian: Even Ron Howard couldn’t get someone to greenlight a movie?
Mitch Hurwitz: You’d think, but that’s the movie business. So we sat down and he said: “OK, what are you thinking?” And I said: “It needs to be a trilogy.” And he put his head in his hands and said: “I don’t think they’ll do that. How about if you make the first one and then we’ll see.” And I said: “But people then will be disappointed, I want them to know we’ll resolve the story so I want it to be a trilogy.” And he said, “It’s not going to happen.” So I went back to work and it became clear that even if I just spent a little time with each character, there wouldn’t be time in a single movie … So the idea that emerged was this anthology show, one character at a time, completely separate, just little webisodes. Then from there, I started being more ambitious and it became about how they all affect each other. Every problem that arises in the lives of the Bluths was started by another Bluth. It’s completely self-generated. There’s no exterior incident – everything is their fault.August 8, 2013 — TheGuardian.com
On August 26, 2013 Hurwitz reiterated in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine that he was working on making a movie first for the mere fact it'd be easier to get the cast together for 5 weeks, instead of 6 months which would be required for a season. He also hinted a fifth season was likely after the movie. He cautioned that it was early in the process and was hesitant to reveal any details because he didn't want to make any false promises:
Mitch Hurwitz: 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.August 26, 2013 — RollingStone.com
On September 23, Showbiz 411 writer Roger Friedman ran into Mitch Hurwitz and John Slattery. Hurwitz confirmed Slattery's Dr. Norman would appear in the film, and that Netflix was planning on producing the film to be followed by a fifth season. On September 25, while being interviewed about Netflix' success at the 2013 Emmy Awards Ted Sarandos was asked if more Arrested was happening, to which he responded:
Ted Sarandos: There's no question. It's a matter of when and what form it takes. We kicked around the idea of doing another season, or doing a movie.September 23, 2013 — Zap2it.com
Hurwitz was asked to be the keynote speaker at the 2013 New York Television Festival. On October 23 he gave an hour-long interview to New York Magazine and Vulture.com writer John Sellers. Again he stated that he was interested in making a movie for Netflix and following it up with another season:
Mitch Hurwitz: All I’ve been able to say is, I really want to continue with this, and the cast really wants to continue with this. So my latest thought that has been approved by no one [...] because it might be tough to get the cast together for, like, the four months that you would need to make a series — to try to get them together for four weeks sooner, and do the movie that is the story that we’ve been building up to in the show. And then, bring the series back after that. It’s not my decision but it’s what I want to do.October 23, 2013 — Vulture.com
On October 24, 2013 Ron Howard had an interview with Zap2It about the future of Arrested Development
“Everybody wants to do more, Mitch did initiate the whole thing as the beginning of a kind of mystery that needs to be solved, and somehow or another I’d be shocked if we didn’t find a way to solve it and do that. Everybody is incredibly busy. There’s no timetable. No writing has begun. Creatively, I think it is everybody’s intention [to do more]."
Ron Howard says 'everybody wants to do more' - Entertainment Weekly
Jason Bateman talked to Zap2It in January 2014 about Arrested Development and where things will be going after Season Four:
Zap2it: So where do we stand now?
Jason Bateman: That's absolutely out of my hands. No one's talked to me about any of it, but Mitch Hurwitz and [Netflix's] Ted Sarandos would be the two who would really be driving that agenda. My ears are wide open if they ever want to talk to me about it. [...] I'm the last person to ask about that. I'm not good at sort of gauging the zeitgeist. All I know is that I love doing it. I love doing anything with any of those guys. We were just at the SAGs all around the table together, and it was just a blast.January 19, 2014 — Zap2It.com
Will Arnett was asked by HuffingtonPost what he was expecting from Season Five of Arrested Development. He then continued to talk about the reactions to Season Four:
Huffington Post: What do you want to see from the fifth season of Arrested Development?
Will Arnett: I think I would want to see what everybody else wants to see. By everybody else, I mean the fans, who are in a lot of ways, weirdly, part of the process of "Arrested Development" now. It was their desire to see more that brought it back. I also mean everybody who is on our side, the creative side, from Mitch through the cast. The next version is going to have all of us together much more. I know there was a lot written about us being not together because of schedules and because of whatever. Also, I think some of the way Mitch told that last story -- I don't think anybody has made anything like that before. This anthology, if you will. I found it to be very interesting. He's telling this story and I think it was very cool. Having said that, it will be nice to get the gang back together.
Huffington Post: Did it feel like you guys were caught between a rock and a hard place, where if you just repeated the first three seasons, people would be disappointed, yet if you tried something new, like it was, people are also unhappy?
Will Arnett: Absolutely. 100 percent. We were damned if we did and damned if we didn't. Unfortunately, we live in a world where not only does everyone have to have an opinion, but it tends resonate more if the opinion is shitty and mean. So unless you're saying something really shitty about something, you're not going to get heard. There were a lot of great reviews that really liked the show and thought it was really interesting. The stuff that kind of got through was negative: "'Arrested,' Not What It Was." That was inevitable! People trip over themselves to be the first to say the shit thing. They go out of their way. That, by way, cuts across everything. "Arrested Development" is not the only example of that. Everybody is susceptible to that. Not like I need to make some huge social commentary, but it's absolutely true. People can't wait -- whether it's Twitter or Facebook -- people can't wait to say something shitty.February 03, 2014 — HuffingtonPost.com
On May 17, 2014 at the Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville Mitch Hurwitz was interviewed by Nerdist podcast host Chris Hardwick. He stressed that more Arrested Development, be it a movie or another season, would be coming "for sure".
On August 5, 2014 USA Today released an article stating that Netflix is "positive" that Arrested Development will be coming back.
On August 8, 2014 Will Arnett was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon promoting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and announced that there is going to be more Arrested Development on Netflix:
Will Arnett: The answer is yes, You know, the truth is, that the guy who’s the big boss man at Netflix, he announced it. We don’t know when, but it’s going to happen."
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
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.
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:
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 December 11, 2015 Ron Howard told Good Morning America that writing was beginning for the new season:
Ron Howard: Well, Mitch Hurwitz the creator of the show is working with writers now. Netflix is behind it, 20th Century Fox is behind it.12/11/15 — Deadline.com
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
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