Looks like we may just get more Arrested Development – I assume that they wouldn’t say anything publicly about negotiations if they weren’t pretty far along.
There had been talk about a potential movie follow-up to this latest fourth season as well, but the fact that Netflix is pursuing a full new season’s worth of episodes is even better news for Arrested Development fans — and a clear sign that Netflix was more than happy with the reaction the show received.
On the whole I was pretty happy with the fourth season, but I don’t necessarily agree that a hypothetical season 5 is even better news than a hypothetical movie. The actors’ limited availibility for the last season was a major obstacle – one that Mitch Hurwitz worked around as well as he could. I certainly think it was worth it, even if it led to a lot of greenscreen work and a lot of episodes without some of the main characters, but I don’t think it would work again. The whole point of the last season was to bring the characters back around to a situation where they were all together again (whether they like it or not) – the next chapter, if there is one, needs to actually follow through on that. So if the question is whether I prefer A) a movie shot with the entire cast on set; or B) a season shot the way the last season was shot, count me in for A).
But as I’m sure everyone involved knows, the best case scenario is a new season of the show shot the way the first three seasons were shot (albeit probably with fewer episodes and a smaller budget) – so let’s cross our fingers for that.