‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Confirmed as Lead-In to the Movie

Published 1 year ago by , Updated September 5th, 2012 at 5:04 pm,

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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.”

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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.

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Source: Vulture

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  1. I want to have Bluth babies at this news!

  2. yeah, the more i’m hearing about season for, the more i’m questioning why we arent hearing anything about the movie that it’s suppose to lead into. I for one think a season 4 and movie are the perfect way to end a series. The show had been (noticably) floundering since mid season 2 and it got the cancelled notice with only 2-3 episodes notice. Thats not enough time to wrap up a show with so much going on. I think the show has been dead for too long to revive fully, a proper final season is what’s best.

    I do wanna mention my idea for a spin-off series again. This will just be Gob as a new father trying to run a branch of the Bluth company in Florida. So it’ll kinda be like a mix of Arrested Development and Parks and Rec.

    • Why Parks and Rec?

      I think you may be alone in the whole “floundering since mid season 2″ opinion. The second season was very strong, I may agree with you on season 3 in a way as some fans weren’t a fan of the whole London town saga. Personally I think even bad arrested development is pretty good.

      • Here Here! I concur!

  3. I just hope this season and movie are good… A big concern about this show being dead for so long is that its easy for the writers and actors to be out of the swing of things after such a long wait.

  4. I hope the positive reaction to the new season results in more than a movie. Although I should just be grateful they’ve returned at all! What happened to the show should be considered a human rights violation, in terms of the poor fans and the creators.
    I mean the creators managed to make one of the greatest shows ever with the best cast ever and they still get cancelled?! I mean COME ON!!!

  5. This is amazing news

  6. 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.

  7. re-re-re-re-repost

  8. FINALLY, WE ALL MISS THE SHOW AND CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE IT PLEASE EXPLAIN THE BETFLIX XONNECTION WILL I BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT ON MY CABLE TV/?

  9. This is just like how Square Enix is with Kingdom Hearts.

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