Arrested Development will “definitely” be returning, if series creator Mitch Hurwitz is to be believed.
But in what form is the next question, as Hurwitz said he isn’t sure if he wants to do another season or finally bring the Bluths to the big screen. Whichever route the next incarnation takes, Hurwitz said, will have to bring back the cast as a whole as opposed to having them shot separately.
“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,” Hurwitz said at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.
“I kinda go back and forth between that and a series,” he added. “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.”
Earlier this month, Brian Grazer, co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment, said Netflix was considering a fifth season of the comedy.
“We are in conversations with them to do another,” Grazer said. “They are interested in doing that.”
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said, “If the talent were willing to do more and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing.” He also said that Netflix had “high expectations” for the series, and that the reaction had been “huge, just as we hoped.”
An Arrested Development movie has been hinted at since the series originally went off the air in 2006. At the end of the season three finale, Maeby (Alia Shawkat) brings a script to Ron Howard, who says the concept won’t work as a series. He then says, “Maybe a movie,” a hope that fans have been holding on to for almost seven and a half years.
Do you want more Arrested Development? Would you prefer to see a fifth season or a movie?