On “Arrested Development,” erstwhile analyst/therapist/analrapist Tobias Funke was an understudy for The Blue Man Group — constantly hanging around the house in head-to-toe blue makeup, just in case they need him. These days, it’s hard to not imagine David Cross — and Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and the others — feeling the same way. As other jobs come and go, should they keep standing by for the long-promised “Arrested Development” season 5?
According to producer/narrator/occasional guest star as himself Ron Howard: Yes.
While doing interviews for his new whale tale “In the Heart of the Sea,” Howard told “Good Morning America” host Amy Robach that the controversial-but-generally-well-received Netflix “Revival” Season 4 would not be the last time we’ll see the Bluth family.
“Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the show, is working with writers now,” he reveals. “Netflix is behind [another season], 20th Century Fox is behind it.”
But, as fans saw from the fractured structure of Season 4 that made it feel like most of the actors were filming their own shows independent of the rest, the main obstacle to “Development” these days is that all the actors have become far bigger stars than they were when they originally began on the then-Fox sitcom in 2003.
“What has happened,” says Howard, “Is that the cast has become so freakin’ in demand and busy.”
These days, Jeffrey Tambor (George Sr.) is starring in “Transparent,” Jason Bateman (Michael) is making movies including “Gift” and the “Horrible Bosses” films, Will Arnett (Gob) has “Bojack Horseman” and a “LEGO Batman” spinoff movie, Michael Cera is also doing a voice in that latter project, Tony Hale is on “Veep” — so, good luck getting all these people to set aside a few weeks to once again get dysfunctionally familial.
Nevertheless, the eternally optimistic Opie Cunningham is determined to make it happen: “Everyone wants to do it. Fans want it. I would be saddened if we didn’t achieve it. I’m the announcer and the narrator, and I have to get back to that microphone.”