“Arrested Development” may have just premiered its long-awaited fourth season exclusively on Netflix, but that hasn’t stopped fans from clamoring for yet another revival of their favorite series. And while it might take a while, it seems likely that “Arrested Development” will eventually premier a fifth season on Netflix.
Previously, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told the Hollywood Reporter that “Arrested Development” season 4 was simply a “one-off” thing and wouldn’t be appearing on Netflix again. Now, however, Hastings says he would be more than open to creating fifth and sixth seasons for the show, provided that the stars are still interested.
“‘Arrested’ is unique, because that’s really up to the talent,” Hastings told the Wall Street Journal. “If the talent were willing to do more, and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing.”
Despite Netflix’s enthusiasm to make more “Arrested Development,” the streaming service hasn’t revealed any numbers for viewers of the show’s fourth season. The streaming service received a huge publicity boost in the wake of its “Arrested Development” revival, but it may be a long time before we find out if that strategy paid off for Netflix.
“The reason we’re not doing ratings is because we really want to focus over the first year,” Hastings said. “Netflix is about being able to watch when you want, not having to watch at a certain time like linear TV is. So we’re really not focused on the Day One ratings, it’s really over the first year.”
So are the “Arrested Development” stars ready to make more of the beloved show? For starters, “Arrested Development” season 4 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, so it seems likely that series creator and executive producer Mitch Hurwitz has more in mind for his baby. And according to an interview between “Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman and TV Line, there’s still plenty of story left to tell.
“This [season is] just 15 episodes that serve as Act 1 of a three-act story,” Bateman explained before the fourth season premiered. “Those other two acts will be in the future; whether they’re a movie or back on Netflix, I don’t know. People smarter than me will figure that out.”
Sounds pretty definitive, then. No one is quite sure whether “Arrested Development” will return in the form of a movie or another Netflix-sponsored season, but it seems likely that the Bluth family will be getting back together at least one more time.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.