Following the end of Arrested Development’s fourth season for Netflix (some spoilers ahead), the cult series’ incredibly dense and comically convoluted storylines were left floating in Cliffhanger Land, in which George Michael discovered that his father, Michael, had betrayed him, effectively turning Michael into George Bluth, Sr. and George Michael into Michael. Get it?
And so, with a cliffhanger, fans were left hanging—as /Film notes, would the series resolve itself with a fifth season on Netflix? Perhaps the long-rumored movie? Or would it just be left hanging.
Well, while nothing is official yet (though season four’s numbers all but guarantee Netflix will be ordering a fifth season), creator Mitch Hurwitz has confirmed that he is currently writing an Arrested Development, and is planning on following this up with a fifth season—despite the fact that neither Netflix nor 20th Century Fox have requested that he do so:
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.
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.
Hurwitz also stated that he believes the movie would be far easier to shoot than the fourth season—one of the primary reasons for the season four’s fractured, ‘each character gets their own episode’ style was the fact that the actors involved each had such complicated schedules that it was impossible to shoot them all at the same time. As Hurtwitz has stated, “a TV season is a six-month commitment. But I think it would be very doable to get them together for four or five weeks to make a movie.”
What do you think—should the Arrested Development storylines be compressed into a film—or should Hurwitz dive right in to season five?