Remember the days when we kept hearing about an Arrested Development movie that would never happen? You know, back after Fox canceled the show, but way before Netflix announced that it would resurrect it.
Well, the days of hearing about that off and on are back, but things look a lot more promising this time. Arrested Development is no longer simply a discarded television show. It's a highly-regarded, Emmy-nominated part of Netflix's big original content push. The fourth season (Netflix's first) earned three nominations. It also doesn't hurt that most of its cast members are also now a lot bigger in the industry (Tony Hale has also been nominated for an Emmy separately, for his role on Veep).
Creator Mitch Hurwitz has been talking about wanting to do more, and Netflix has expressed its full support. The next chapter, however, will be a movie, rather than Season 5 (though another season would come after the movie). Hurwitz has been saying for a while now that he wants to do the movie next, but now he has told Rolling Stone that he is actually working on it:
"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 said in a previous interview with Empire that the ball is basically in Fox's court as far as the movie goes. Obviously we still don't know how this movie would be released if it actually happens. Will it debut on the big screen? Will it just come to Netflix? We'll just have to wait and see.
Perhaps even more interesting is what else Hurtwitz is working on with Netflix. We'll keep you posted if we learn more about that. Running Wilde, another Hurwitz show with Will Arnett and David Cross is currently available to watch on Netflix, but it's going away on September 1st, so if you want to check that out, you better get to it.
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