Despite the decidedly mixed reactions to the long-awaited fourth season, Netflix reportedly wants some more “Arrested Development.”
Producer Brian Grazer revealed to Bloomberg News that the streaming service is now in active talks with the studio behind the Bluth family, 20th Century Fox, to produce another set of episodes. “We are in conversations with them to do another,” Grazer said. “They are interested in doing that.”
But don’t go and blue yourself just yet. The Hollywood Reporter, following up on the update from Grazer, confirmed that no deal has been signed for more “Arrested Development” yet, and there are likely to be some big hurdles in the way of another season.
A big reason that it took seven years to reunite Michael, Gob, Buster and the rest of the Bluths was the busy schedule of the entire cast. Even when creator Mitch Hurwitz and the cast all agreed to do another season on Netflix, the production had to resort to using green screen in some scenes where the actors couldn’t line up their schedules to be in the room at the same time.
Busy schedules have been dealt with before, and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos thinks that those obstacles could be overcome again. He told THR in May, when the fourth season premiered, that if the actors want to do more, it will probably happen. “We would love to do more, and we have a deal in place that says that there could be,” he said. “They’re very in-demand movie and TV stars, and they’re all working full-time and doing this show in between. They did it for the love of the show and for Mitch Hurwitz. If we can muster up that love again, we’d love to do it again.”
When Michael Cera recently spoke with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, his concerns about continuing with “Arrested Development” included the strain the past season put on Hurwitz, and he said that a movie would be easier to do. “I think a film would be a little more manageable for him. He was writing and directing this season. I don’t know how he did that,” Cera said. “He was just living and breathing it the whole 24 hours. He’s got two daughters and a wife. I think it really takes over his life for nine months or something. It’s got to be hard. A movie, I think, would be a little more livable.”