Arrested Development fans are no doubt counting down the days to the season 4 premiere on Netflix in May. It's hard not to get excited when there's season 4 news pretty much every other day, including a multitude of announcements pertaining to returning guest stars (e.g., Ben Stiller as Tony Wonder) and the casting of Kristen Wiig as a young Lucille Bluth.
Alas, it's not all good news these days. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently told investors that the company "[didn't] anticipate being able to do seasons five, six, seven" of AD due to the difficulty in getting the very popular cast together for an extended period of time. But wait a second! According to an altogether different Netflix source, the company IS hoping to produce more seasons of Arrested Development after season 4.
As reported by Hit Fix, while Hastings' comments were more or less correct, there's much more to the story. Yes, the difficulty in getting the cast together means additional seasons won't exactly be an easy feat to accomplish - in fact, much of the acting from the stars of season 4 was done on their days off from their regular jobs - but that doesn't mean that Netflix isn't hoping to do just that regardless. According to the Netflix source:
"We're hopeful there will be more seasons. If anyone can pull it together, it's going to be Ted [Sarandos]. But by no means is this the end of it. We're definitely planning to do more with them. We have first rights, so it's not like you'd see it anywhere else. We're absolutely hopeful there will be more."
Ted Sarandos, of course, is Netflix's Chief Content Officer and the man who has actively been working with Mitch Hurwitz and the Arrested Development crew. Apparently, Ted - who we can assume has the most involvement in the continuation of AD at Netflix - is not of the opinion that season 4 is a "one-off," "non-repeatable" event, and he's very much hoping and planning to bring additional seasons to Netflix instant streaming.
Frankly, in retrospect, it seems that Reed Hastings' statement was just another in a long line of gaffes from the very gaffe-prone CEO (let us all take a moment to remember the
dearly departed Qwikster, which *sniff, sniff* never even had a chance to live). Not that additional Arrested Development seasons won't be difficult to bring to fruition - perhaps they will! - but it's obvious that many who work at Netflix would've preferred that those words hadn't been uttered before season 4's debut (and to investors, no less).
Furthermore, Hastings made it seem as though the hassle of making more Arrested Development was just too annoying for the company to attempt the process all over again, when clearly - according to this Netflix source, anyway - that isn't the case.
I wouldn't presume to know if Arrested Development has much of a shot at getting more seasons, but I think it's safe to say that if season 4 is incredibly successful, there's little doubt that we'll get more Arrested Development - if not on "television," then at a movie theater near you. After all, season 4 is merely the first act of a three-act story that the movie (or whatever) is supposed to finish.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Would you prefer more episodes of Arrested Development, a major motion picture, both, or neither? Let us know in the comments.
Arrested Development season 4 premieres (in its entirety) on Netflix in May.
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Source: Hit Fix