If you were hoping for a Bluth family reunion when Arrested Development returns this spring with all-new Season 4 episodes after a seven year hiatus, you may be disappointed. Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, who is resurrecting the beloved Fox sitcom on Netflix, has revealed new plot details, explaining that the story structure of the upcoming 14 episodes will be completely different from the first three seasons of the cult show.
In another bombshell, Hurwitz also stated that the Bluth clan will be separated throughout the entirety of Season 4, with only Jason Bateman's Michael Bluth appearing in every episode as the "one man who can bring them all back together."
This story structure, which will see each of our favorite characters at a different place in life, is being used to set up the Arrested Development movie, which will revolve around an epic family reunion. We have a new photo from the show featuring GOB and Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman, Will Arnett). Check it out, and then read on for more in-depth details about Arrested Development Season 4.
Mitchell Hurwitz explains the thought process behind re-creating the series for a new decade.
"It would be impossible to get everyone together at the same time. The show will look very different. [It is being assembled as a] very, very complex puzzle [from scenes shot out of sequence over many months].
We're not jumping from one thing to another; you're staying with one character. The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show. They all went their own way, without Michael holding them together, so they're left to their own devices, and they're not the most successful devices. [The season is designed as a] first act to what we eventually want to do, which is a big movie [though there's no guarantee it will ever get made]."
Mitchell Hurwitz further went onto describe how each individual episode will be broken down, and how it will revolve around one character, while intersecting with other characters' storylines.
"Each individual (episode) kind of depicts what happens in 2006 as the Bluths fled from the law on the Queen Mary. [The true flavor] slowly reveals itself, as the moment you saw in one show will reappear in another show from a different character's perspective. If people watch it all at once, it will seem like a giant Arrested Development. It's really tailored for Netflix."
The series creator also hinted that the family dynamic is just as maladjusted as it was in the beginning.
""It was such a joy to be back with everybody; it didn't feel like work, it felt like being back with friends. You don't see them all together until you see the movie. I can assure you that the characters are just as damaged, self-involved and self-righteous as ever.
One of the reasons Arrested Development wasn't embraced at the time was it wasn't easy to get your head around it. It was a point of pride with me; I wanted to create a show that had surprises. But that's what they want to do (at Netflix). They want to take risks. They encouraged the complexity that had been discouraged before."
Arrested Development is rumored to return on May 4th, but that has not yet been confirmed by Netflix.