Arrested Development Creator Wants Season 5 and Bluth Movie on Netflix

Mitch Hurwitz says he'll never go back to working for a network

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At a New York TV Festival keynote conversation on Monday night, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz said that season four of the series—released on Netflix in June—was always meant to be a preface for an eventual Bluth family film.

At this point, nothing is official. But Hurwitz is determined to make it happen — but with Netflix, not a studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“What my new thing is, because it might be tough to get the cast together for the four months you would need to make a series, is to try to get them together for four weeks sooner, and do the movie…And then, bring the series back after that…So my goal is to do a movie for Netflix type thing, and then go into the series.”

Hurwitz acknowledged that Netflix’s model of releasing all of a series’ episodes at once changes the storytelling strategy. And he apologized to the AD audience for not warning them about last season’s style change.

“I felt in many ways, I did not prepare the audience for this,” he said. “Right before the show came out, I thought, I’ve really not said what this is, and what it had become was a novel…People are going to get to watch eight hours of this, they’re not gonna spend the next six months [having the show] doled out to them. That first episode became much more like chapter one of a novel than episode one of a series. And I didn’t prep you guys — I’m really sorry about that.”

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But he went on to applaud Netflix original shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black for their innovation: “They’re shows that fundamentally change, whereas television has always been about fundamentally staying the same, that episode 600 of Two and a Half Men is basically like episode four.

And after receiving what he saw as creativity-damping notes from networks he said he would “absolutely not” go back to working for a network again. He once received a note while working on Running Wilde with Will Arnett for Fox that said, “Mitch, if you think something is a good idea or it’s just a twist you haven’t seen before or it just feels special or fresh, just don’t do it.”

[Hollywood Reporter]

6 comments
scholarlyreporter
scholarlyreporter

Season 4 was different from the previous three seasons, but is still hilarious. I loved Mitch Hurwitz new and different approach to the new season because each episode tied things from previous episodes. I do think that season five should however go back to the Bluth family as a whole. The first episode of season 4 was hilarious and so were the other episodes, so ignore these other comments. At its worst, arrested development is one of the funniest shows, but at its best it IS the funniest show.

MatthewStephenLakin
MatthewStephenLakin

@lakawak  That is exactly what i thought about the first 5-6 episodes. I didn't even laugh once throughout any of the episodes until it came to Tobias. I felt that this new angle of storytelling was not what the show was all about. It used to be fun and easy to watch and even though i enjoyed the second half of the series i really hope they go back to their original format. 

lakawak
lakawak

I am up to the 6th episode of he Netflix season and I have laughed ONCE. It is just plain awful. Anyone saying it is great would say it was great if it was literally just a video of a steaming pile of turds. (It practically is.) Then again, these are the same people that thought that the Charlize Theron episodes were funny. I don't think I have ever seen a TV show that got so consistently worse with each new season.

  I demand to know who thought it was a good idea, or at all funny to DESTROY Michael's character in the very first episode by making him a needy moron wanting to live with George Michael in his dorm?

rehjul4tw
rehjul4tw

Your opinion is horribly moronic - the fact that you feel the need to throw so many lame insults into an already abysmal post only serves as proof of that.
Why were you looking at articles regarding a show that you didn't care for? Idiot.

benrcohn
benrcohn

@rehjul4tw why should only those who love everything about a show comment? Wouldn't every show have insane IMDB ratings if that's what people did?