Though the Netflix deal was inked a long time ago, the reality that Arrested Development might be coming back is almost too much to take. Will Arnett has recently said that shooting will begin this summer, and now creator Mitch Hurwitz has talked to Vulture about the forthcoming season–and you can’t expect what was once expected.
Hurwitz says that it’s possible that the entire ten episode run will be put on Netflix all at once in the first quarter of 2013, and not doled out once a week – which may lead to some people taking the day off of work to catch a five hour marathon of the Bluths. As Hurwitz said, “There’s something exciting about trying to break the form again.”
Though it was put out to the world that the original conception of the fourth season would be ten episodes that give each character a chance to get us caught up with what they’ve been up to, Hurwitz notes that as they’ve been writing it, “That is now kind of evolving into becoming more like the old show again.”
Perhaps it was originally conceived that way to “shoot out” members of the cast. A ten-episode television show would normally shoot an episode a week with time for the writers to fix things as they go, and it would seem easier to get Jason Bateman, etc. to commit to a week-long shoot than two months. But perhaps everyone has made enough room in their schedules to be a part of the whole process.
Hurwitz mentioned nothing about the supposed movie to follow those episodes, but he does talk about the possibility of more seasons of the show. At this point, one just hopes that everyone involved is firing at the same level and have the same commitment they had when the show first aired. It would be the difference between a continuation and a reunion tour.
Would you take the day off of work to watch a new season of Arrested Development?