October 2 2011

Arrested Development Limited Series Eyed by Netflix and Showtime

arrested developmentIt seems there is a chance that not only is an Arrested Development movie really happening, but there may also be a limited season of new episodes.

That girlish shriek you may have heard this evening was me …

Series creator Mitch Hurtwitz was speaking at The New Yorker Festival on a panel that reunited the entire main cast – Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter – and said that there was a chance that the series may come back as a limited engagement series, and then finally follow that up with long-awaited movie.

According to Deadline, the plan is to do a 9 to 10 episode limited series with each episode focusing on a different member of the Bluth clan.  Once the new episodes would run their course, they would finally move on to the film (although I will believe all of this when it actually appears on a screen).  Apparently none of the plans involve airing the episodes on Fox, but instead have involved talks with Netflix which is looking for original content.  Premium cable channel Showtime has also apparently been looking into the concept, and that comes partially from the fact that the network’s new entertainment president is David Nevins who assisted in getting the series developed when he was at Imagine TV.

Following the surprise announcement, series star Jason Bateman confirmed the news on his Twitter account:

It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!

The concept of an Arrested Development movie has been floating around since the series ended, and despite numerous promises, it has just never come to be.  It has felt like a cruel joke on fans of the series at times, but with actual entities such as Netflix and Showtime being named, it sounds like things may actually be coming together.

I am ready for some more Bluth family in my life, and I’ll take whatever I can get.


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