It's already been four years since Netflix stepped in and saved Arrested Development, bringing us the very much desired but fairly divisive fourth season of the beloved series. But fear not! Arrested Development season 5 is finally going to happen and it sounds like it is going to be much more in line with what fans were hoping for in Arrested Development season 4. According to star Jason Bateman, the cast is going to spend a lot more time on screen together and there is going to be a major "whodunit" style murder mystery they have to solve.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Jason Bateman talked quite a bit about the long discussed Arrested Development season 5. For starters, he reiterated that this season is going to be a murder mystery that is going to revolve around the death of Lucille Austero, who was played by Liza Minnelli. Here's what he had to say about it.
"The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli's character, and a bit of whodunit, who may have done it, who had something to do with it. That's sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colorful plot complications that he knows how to do."
That essentially sounds like a tongue-in-cheek version of Clue, but in a season of Arrested Development. Perfect. But that's not all. Jason Bateman also revealed that creator Mitch Hurwitz had a "three-act story" in mind before Fox pulled the plug on the series. Arrested Development season 4 was the first act, 5 will be act two and, if all goes well, we are going to get Arrested Development season 6 at some point to round it all out.
"The first act was done on the first batch of Netflix episodes [in 2013], and we're about to do now the second act of that story, and then the act third act presumably will be done if we can all get it together at a later date, maybe in another few years. We're kind of turning into a Michael Apted Seven Up! thing."
That is pretty outstanding news. Finally, Jason Bateman confirmed that this season will not be a repeat of what happened last season. Arrested Development season 5 will feature the cast all together a lot more and, according to Bateman, what happened in season 4 had to do with a lot of factors that were beyond anyone's control.
"Because of certain limitations we had with actors' schedules and exclusivities to other shows, and budgetary constraints, [Hurwitz] had to pivot a bit off of that. And also it was an interesting thing for him to do because he was embracing the interface of Netflix, which was fairly new at the time in original programming, and wanted to be able to basically have you click out of one episode and click into somebody else's episode and see a |different viewpoint on this simultaneous action. Ultimately, editorially, it didn't really come together as well as he wanted it to, and then he had to dictate an order of watching, and it ended up being a little bit more complicated than I think one intended. But we're still very proud of those episodes obviously, and really excited that we get to be together in these."
Netflix hasn't officially announced when we can expect Arrested Development season 5 and everyone has been talking about it for a long time. So don't get your hopes up too high just yet, but this is happening at some point in the future. By the sound of it, this is going to be everything fans want it to be and then some. Hopefully, Ron Howard won't be too busy making Star Wars movies to come in and do some voiceover.