Start crossing your fingers now that the “Arrested Development” movie actually pans out, because the Mitch Hurwitz series won’t be having a long life on Netflix. No, CEO Reed Hastings admitted at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference that Netflix will only develop Season 4 of the beloved comedy.
“We don’t anticipate being able to do Season 5, 6 and 7,” Hastings said, according to Deadline. “We have less of a stake in it. So it’s really a fantastic one-off which is coming together incredibly. … Think of it as a non-repeatable amazing [sic] whereas the other things that we’re doing [are] trying to figure out a real mechanism where we can build shows and develop franchises over the long term.”
When Netflix had first announced it would bring back “Arrested Development,” many fans pictured a world where the series would have a new life online after being cancelled by Fox in 2006. Those dreams may be squashed, but at least Season 4 will give the show the kick it needs to hopefully have a movie made.
That was the original plan, after all: create a new “Arrested Development” season that sets the stage for a movie. Star Jason Bateman confirmed to Larry King recently that Hurwitz and he still hope that dream pans out after the 14 episodes of “Arrested Development” Season 4 premiere on Netflix in May.
“There’s a big story that the showrunner wants to tell; this guy Mitch Hurwitz, this smart guy. And the story was too big to kind of … every time he’d try to fit it all in one movie, it wouldn’t work,” Bateman explains. “So he decided to put sort of the first third of it in these episodes we have shot that are going be on Netflix in May, and Act 2 and Act 3 will be inside a movie that we will do later.”
Before you start lamenting the end of “Arrested Development” (again), make sure to tune in to our “Arrested Development” Rewatch, where we at Zap2it take you through every episode of the cult comedy from Season 1’s “Pilot” to Season 3’s “Development Arrested.”