Deadline reports that while producing the 10 new episodes commissioned by Netflix, show creator and executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz did more work than the video streaming site was expecting, and shooting additional footage and conceiving ideas for more episodes. This resulted in the production company 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, along with Hurwitz proposed expanding the episode order to Netflix, and now it Deadline is claiming fans will have two to five more episodes.
One complicating factor is that production of the show has been extended, but the schedule of the show will have to revolve around the busy schedules of the ensemble cast that makes “Arrested Development” the phenomenon that it is. Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, David Cross, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter will all be on screen characters, and Ron Howard will be narrating the series.
Deadline reports that filming is set to resume in January, and all of the episodes are slated for a spring 2013 release, all being available on the same day. As of now, there is no report of changing that date.
“We are thrilled with the direction of the show, with the footage we have seen and with the relationship between Mitch, Imagine, 20th and Netflix,” a Netflix spokeswoman said according to Deadline. “At this time, we are not confirming or announcing the final episode count but we are sure fans will be thrilled when we do.”