‘Arrested Development’ Season 5: Netflix Promises Future Content, “No Question”
Hard to believe that ‘Arrested Development‘ season 4 came and went almost five months ago, but the wait continues for news of a potential fifth season or the long-awaited movie adaptation to surface. Netflix has yet to formally commit to any future content, but one major behind-the-scenes voice believes there to be “no question” the Bluths will be back on Netflix at some point in the near future.
Where previously he hesitated to confirm ‘Arrested Development’ creator Mitch Hurwitz’s earlier assurances, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently spoke from The Wrap conference “The Grill” to say there was “no question” that ‘Arrested Development’ would produce additional content for the streaming service, “It is just a matter of when and what form it takes.”
Quick to clarify, however, Sarandos spelled out that “It’s still speculative,” given the exceedingly busy schedules of the cast that just barely coalesced for the first Netflix season, and questionably even at that. Of course, Netflix has plenty of additional series content for 2014 in the meantime, including new seasons of the now Emmy-winning ‘House of Cards,’ as well as revered prison drama ‘Orange is the New Black,’ and even Eli Roth‘s tepidly received ‘Hemlock Grove.’
Previously, Hurwitz and Sarandos had essentially confirmed that ‘Arrested Development’ would return in some form, though the ambient chatter suggested an additional Netflix season would be more likely, allowing Hurwitz to take the same fragmented approach in both production and storytelling, regardless of its reception the first time around. ”A TV season is a six-month commitment,” he told Rolling Stone. “But I think it would be very doable to get them together for four or five weeks to make a movie.”
By this point we’d be more surprised if the Bluths didn’t find a way to wrap up the narrative cliffhangers left from season 4, ideally with the entire core cast assembled in the manner season 4 lacked, but what say you? Is Netflix’s confidence in future ‘Arrested Development’ enough to get you excited for the Bluth’s return? How would you want to see the franchise proceed from here?