As recently as January, "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz has been telling the press that the show would be returning to Netflix for Season 5 in 2016. However, according to a key player in the cast that may not be the case.

While Hurwitz has been hard at work writing Season 5 of the series, Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth) says another season just isn't in the cards at this point. Speaking to Zap2it at the junket for his new Disney animated feature "Zootopia," Batman is confused about reports of more episodes in 2016.

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"I don't know where that got started," he says. "There is no plan. I haven't heard of anything solid going forward."

While Bateman and the rest of the cast are thankful that the press remains vigilant about a return for "Arrested Development," he's not sure there's "any substance to it" at this point.

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That's not to say it won't happen. Clearly, Hurwitz has at least one more season of the show in him. Getting the scheduling worked out for the increasingly busy cast is what's going to take the longest to figure out, though.

As for now, Bateman says, "I have no start date. I haven't been told to show up on a set."

"Zootopia" is in theaters March 4.


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