Big news for the little show that could, Arrested Development: About two months after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings commented that the video streaming site would be open to more episodes of the series, creator Mitch Hurwitz has revealed that we "definitely" have not seen the last of the Bluth family.
Hurwitz made the impromptu announcement at the Just for Laughs festival in Montréal, where he appeared with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. UK-based site Chortle had the scoop from the event:
When asked during a Q&A session at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal if the show would be returning, Hurwitz said baldly: ‘Definitely.’
Then, turning to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, he said: ‘I don’t want to get into a whole negotiation right now... but I’ve got a family to feed.’
As for what form the series will return in, Hurwitz was less decisive about that. He continued:
He added: 'I keep thinking about it, and why don't we do the movie version of this and then do the series, because this series kinda peaks with the story?
'I kinda go back and forth between that and a series. But here’s the most important thing, whatever we do, I want to get the cast all together and not do another anthology thing, and that’s why I keep thinking about kicking off with a special or a three-part show and then going into a series.'
Then he asked Sarandos: ‘Are you game for that?’.
‘Absolutely,’ the Netflix boss replied. ‘In any form.’
Bottom line, though, is that we are absolutely, "definitely" getting something new from Arrested Development, and it won't be character episodes like season four was. While it was enjoyable to watch—because we're pretty sure Hurwitz and his crew could write a script about paint drying and make it seem interesting—not having the cast completely together and utilizing green screens just made it feel like Arrested Development-lite. If a fifth season or movie bypassed that step and got the whole gang back together, that would surely be successful.
Of course, nothing is official yet—but "definitely" is a good enough promise for us. Don't let us down, guys.