Mitch Hurwitz Is Writing the ‘Arrested Development’ Movie, To Be Followed by Season 5

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 27th, 2013 at 10:24 am,

Mitch Hurwitz Writing Arrested Development Movie Mitch Hurwitz Is Writing the Arrested Development Movie, To Be Followed by Season 5

Though Arrested Development season 4 certainly had its detractors, the media meme that it received “bad reviews” was largely incorrect. Yes, it did receive some bad reviews, but its overall critical reception was actually good, and that’s on top of the fact that fans by and large loved it. (However, most agree that those George Senior episodes were downright terrible.)

But let’s forget the past for now – what about the future? After all, season 4 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. Previously, creator Mitch Hurwitz and Netflix Chief Creative Officer Ted Sarandos said that there would “definitely” be more Arrested Development on Netflix – either as a movie or as a TV series or both. Now Hurwitz has announced that he’s officially in the process of writing the movie.

Courtesy of Rolling Stone, here’s what Mitch Hurwitz had to say:

“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.”

So why a movie next instead of another quote-unquote “season”?

“A TV season is a six-month commitment. But I think it would be very doable to get [the entire cast] together for four or five weeks to make a movie.”

One of the more consistent complaints about season 4 was that there weren’t nearly enough scenes of the Bluths all together, a la the original series.

Arrested Development Tobias Funke Green Screen Mitch Hurwitz Is Writing the Arrested Development Movie, To Be Followed by Season 5

Because almost every single one of the actors in the main cast is incredibly busy with other work, Hurwitz and company had to find a way to make a season that didn’t require long-term commitments from any of the principals (that is, besides Jason Batemen, who appeared in every episode).

That meant, first and foremost, creating a new format where a single episode focused on a single character; it also meant occasionally using green screen to insert actors into the background or elsewhere. In some cases, the green screen added to the humor (Ben Stiller at GOB and Egg’s wedding); in others, it just looked cheap (Lucille’s trial).

The news that the next installment of Arrested Development will probably bring the cast back together should come as excellent news to anyone who has ever been a fan of this show.

But when would this movie go into production? Says Hurwitz:

“I’m hoping it happens as soon as possible. But I want to be very careful about not putting out false information. I want to get a time and tell everybody when it’s happening and not play with people. Right now, I’m trying to do something else for Netflix and a movie project and things. I’m always sort of superstitious about talking about this stuff before it happens. It’s the best way to guarantee it doesn’t happen.”

So what does this all mean? Will the  movie be released on Netflix or in theaters? Based on the aforementioned comments from Hurwitz and Sarandon, it seems likely that Netflix would be the carrier service. We’ll have to wait for a more official confirmation, though.

Arrested Development Cast Mitch Hurwitz Is Writing the Arrested Development Movie, To Be Followed by Season 5

According to Rolling Stone, Hurwitz’ ultimate goal here is to make the movie first and then another season of the show – which, again, jibes with what we’ve heard previously.

It should also come as good news for those who want more than just two new hours of Arrested Development. After all, most people bingewatched the entire 8+ hours of season 4 in a single weekend or less. How could a mere two hours possibly compare?

Lastly, Hurwitz talked about keeping new Arrested Material interesting and original, saying:

“The whole thing is sort of unprecedented. It’s always been its own little thing. I kind of feel like the more it stays original, the better chance it has. As soon as it goes back to trying to do exactly what it was before, you run the risk of doing a reunion show or something.”

Are you interested in seeing an Arrested Development movie before another season, Screen Ranters? Drop us a line in the comments.


Keep your eye on the main page for more Arrested Development movie/season 5 news as it’s made available. Until then, I leave you with this unforgettable moment from season 4:

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  1. Ehhhh I would rather wait for the movie then have it be rushed just for the sake of making the movie.

  2. “fans by and large loved it. ” Sorry No. There were only a few good episodes. Most of it was pretty bad. And if not for the nostalgia effect not even watchable. and I was a huge AD fan…still love the old stuff but the majority of season 4 was just bad.

    • I hate to break this to you, but you are not the only Arrested Development fan. By and large is another way of saying “a majority.” As in, a majority of fans loved it. It has an 8.5 user score on Metacritic. Most fan comments have been glowing.

      So yes, by and large, fans loved it.

      • Ben is right. Im in the minority i was not a fan of the new style

      • Thanks for explaining what by and large meant. Really good job defending your writing! Pulitzer prize has to be on its way.

        • I mean, you’re being sarcastic, but you’re the one who said, “No, fans by and large DIDN’T love it because *I* didn’t love it.”

      • +1

    • Season 4 was bad? To me, crap like Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory are “bad”.

      Arrested Development’s fourth season might not have been as good as previous seasons, but it was far from BAD. Dare I say it, I preferred it over season 3. :O

  3. The Tobias website clips were funnier than most of season 4!

  4. I don’t get why it’s so hard t bring everyone together. Can’t they committ to this like they did in the past? And they need to bing back the family and make them act like a family albeit a jerky one. It was too weird to see everyone going solo and not knowing what eit cousins/brothers/sisters/ etc were doing like at all

    • None of them had other commitments when the original show was airing. They’ve since gone on to be in movies and other TV shows, not to mention theater.

  5. Yeah, wasn’t feeling season 4 either. Count me as a detractor.

  6. I thought it was fine. First half was equatable to present day Simpsons, second half to classic Simpsons. So the more the better. Would be nice though to have all the principals in the same room, but in a ways (as Ben says), this informed the new style and I personally didn’t have a problem with it.

    A movie might actually get the full ‘AD’ tune going though. Less filler to worry about.

  7. I thought Season 4 was ok, not a scratch on the originals though. Really missed the whole family dynamic with the new style, and there was wayyy to much narrating. It was enjoyable but I wouldnt watch it again.

  8. Not anything I would be interested at all in, but I guess the show has it’s fans; just not my cup of tea.

  9. I love how on my mobile phone there is an advertisement in middle of article for University of Phoenix. Where George Michael was getting his online degree. Lol

    • I mean Michael Bluth was getting his online degree

  10. IMO, season 4 wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t what we wanted. People who wanted the show to come back probably didn’t expect the format change. If I knew they were going to change the format like that, then I would have just wanted them to take their time and actually do a season 4 like the previous seasons. I think season 4 was just the result of fans REALLY wanting more AD, which ended up creating a “trimmed down” season 4.

  11. I enjoyed season 4. It was a different format from what we knew, and once I accepted the new style, it was a lot more enjoyable. I can’t wait to see more of the Bluth family.

  12. For the record, I am a HUGE fan of the second George Senior episode. His overemotional comments regarding his hat getting run over, and his being fat to Lucille 2 were top notch! Also, this episode was one of the few of the season that were like the original series in terms of its story density with the callbacks to the wall story and the all the scenes with character interaction:
    - George Senior and Barry
    - George Senior and GOB
    - George Senior and Michael
    - Michael and GOB
    - George Senior and Lindsay
    - etc

    Oh yeah, and the hilarious doctor scene! one of the best eps of the 4th season