“Arrested Development” is likely coming back for more, but it might be quite some time before the Bluth family returns to Netflix.
Brian Glazer, who produces “Arrested Development” for Imagine Entertainment, explained to Bloomberg that the production company was currently in talks with Netflix about the next season of “Arrested Development.”
“We are in conversations with them to do another,” Grazer told Bloomberg in an interview on Thursday. “They are interested in doing that.”
No further details have emerged about the two companies’ negotiations, but based on the huge publicity boost “Arrested Development” gave Netflix, it seems incredibly likely that the Bluths will be back for more dysfunctional-family misunderstandings.
In May, Netflix officially revived the cult-classic sitcom “Arrested Development” for a 15-episode fourth season, years after the series was originally canceled by Fox in 2006. The newly revived series proved to be a hit for both Netflix and the show’s fans.
However, it might be quite a while before “Arrested Development” actually comes back on air. The show’s stars -- Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi and others -- have all gone on to bigger, more high-profile careers since “Arrested Development” first ended. Some, like Tony Hale, are even under strict contracts from other TV series and would have to work around already-planned schedules.
The logistics of getting all of these people together again are staggering, and it’s what made the show’s fourth season filming so difficult. Variety estimates that the soonest the entire cast could all get together again is next summer, meaning that “Arrested Development” season five might not air for two more years.
Still, it appears that Netflix is committed to bringing the Bluths back to the small screen. After all, the fourth season did set up quite a few cliffhangers for the characters, so they’re in need of some kind of closure, right?
A representative from Netflix told Variety that the company is ”interested in doing another season of ‘Arrested Development’ if it is logistically possible.”
Higher ups at the organization have also expressed interest in another season of the cult-classic sitcom.
“We had very high expectation from the beginning for ‘Arrested Development’ because it had a well-known brand, and we were thrilled with the response and it’s been huge, just as we hoped,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC soon after the first season aired. “If the talent were willing to do more and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing.”