Fans have been so excited about the return of Arrested Development via Netflix’s production on season 4 of the show, that the thought of the long-rumored movie has been thrown to the wayside. But series creator Mitch Hurwitz has good news for those who still want to see the Bluth family on the big screen.

When Hurwitz first revealed that Arrested Development was coming back for season 4 nearly a year ago, he said it would lead into the gestating big-screen adaptation of the series. However, with a full new season coming on Netflix in the spring of 2013, it didn’t really seem like a movie was in the cards anymore. Hurwitz has now confirmed that to the contrary, this is indeed still the plan.

Speaking with Vulture, Hurwitz was asked if this new season is meant as a farewell to the entire Bluth clan or if it’s the beginning of a new chapter. The creator says:

“The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie. They precede it. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven’t ‘sold’ yet. The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family ‘fell apart’ and how they’re brought together to deal with their new problems. I would give you a hint as to what those problems are, but, really, why rob the fans of being disappointed when they see it on Netflix.”

So it’s not a guarantee that we’ll see an Arrested Development movie, but it’s good to hear these episodes are both continuing the original series and also setting up for something bigger. But what about the talk of seeing more than the initial ten episode order? David Cross recently said he thought there would be 13 episodes when all is said and done. Hurwitz says, “Our initial order is for ten, but the beauty of Netflix is that we theoretically have an opportunity to provide more material for them.” The series creator elaborates:

“We’re definitely shooting some special material just for them. But their whole outlook completely mirrors the ambitions of this show. [Netflix chief content officer] Ted Sarandos and I have really spent a lot of time finding the ideal way to tailor the show to their platform and I think we have something that embraces the new medium.”

Take that news along with great new casting additions like Mad Men star John Slattery, and returning characters played by Henry Winkler and Scott Baio, and this fourth season just keeps sounding better and better.

The new season of Arrested Development premieres on Netflix sometime in the spring of 2013.

Source: Vulture