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.
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.
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."
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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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Source: Rolling Stone