Will there ever be an Arrested Development movie?
If you’re anything like those of us around Reject HQ, you may have lost sleep over the question in the years following the exit of Mitch Hurwitz’s comedy series from the airwaves. Blame Joss Whedon, who turned the loss of Firefly into a pretty entertaining big screen experiment with Serenity. Now every TV show we love that gets cancelled will suffer the fate of unending rumors about a cinematic adaptation. In the case of Arrested Development, rumors have come and gone and come again. And until Netflix announced that it would be bringing the series back for another season on its streaming platform, none of us really thought we’d ever get to spend time with the Bluthes again. Even as we were writing articles like 8 Things We Need to See in the Arrested Development Movie, we didn’t seriously think it would happen. We were simply delusional. Playful, even.
But now, things might actually be different.
According to the show’s creator, we may finally be able to scratch one of the 8 Promised Movies That Still Haven’t Been Made (and Might Never Be) off of our list. In a recent interview with Vulture, Hurwitz said that the upcoming season on Netflix isn’t meant to be a farewell to the Bluthe clan, but a start to a new chapter.
“The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie,” he explained. “They precede it. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven’t ‘sold’ yet. The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family ‘fell apart’ and how they’re brought together to deal with their new problems. I would give you a hint as to what those problems are, but, really, why rob the fans of being disappointed when they see it on Netflix.”
Self deprecation aside, Hurwitz definitely seems to have confidence in the plan they’ve laid out for the future of the Bluthes. In fact, movie or no movie, the working relationship with Netflix appears to have a great deal of upside for Hurwitz and the gang.
“Our initial order is for ten [episodes], but the beauty of Netflix is that we theoretically have an opportunity to provide more material for them … We’re definitely shooting some special material just for them. But their whole outlook completely mirrors the ambitions of this show. [Netflix chief content officer] Ted Sarandos and I have really spent a lot of time finding the ideal way to tailor the show to their platform and I think we have something that embraces the new medium.”
Which would we rather have, in the end? An Arrested Development movie or an indefinite, but potentially high number of new episodes available on Netflix? As it stands, we can’t decide.