Back in May, Jason Bateman revealed through social media that he just finalized his deal to return for Arrested Development Season 5, with production slated to begin sometime this summer. We haven't heard anything further since then, but the actor recently offered yet another update through social media, tweeting out a photo of the Bluth family living room, with the furniture still covered with plastic tarps, revealing that shooting will begin on the highly-anticipated season next week. Here's what the actor had to say on social media.
"Here comes trouble. The Bluths move back in on the 8th."
Shortly after the Jason Bateman Twitter statement from May, Netflix confirmed that the actor will be joined by returning stars Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat, along with series creator Mitchell Hurwitz. who is reportedly working on a secret Arrested Development project for Netflix as well. That announcement also revealed the fifth season will premiere exclusively for Netflix members worldwide in 2018.
A premiere date has yet to be confirmed, and it isn't clear how many episodes Season 5 will be, although producer Brian Grazer teased way back in 2015 that they were eyeing a 17-episode season, which would be one more than the 16-episode fourth season. Arrested Development centers around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his eccentric family comprised of his son George Michael (Michael Cera), his father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers George Oscar Bluth II (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) and sister Lindsay Funke (Portia de Rossi), and Lindsay's husband Tobias (David Cross) and their daughter Maeby (Alia Shawkat).
While Netflix still hasn't released any official story details, there have been some intriguing details to come out over the past few years. During a Comic-Con 2015 interview, Jessica Walter teased that Arrested Development Season 5 will open with Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) being arrested for the murder of Lucille Austero (Liza Minnelli), who was found dead at the very end of the Season 4 finale in a pool of blood. Lucille was the on-and-off lover of Buster, and it seems he's been pinned for this murder, although there hasn't been any indication of whether or not he actually committed the crime. Series creator Mitch Hurwitz then teased in a January 2016 interview that this season will mirror the tactics of our current President, Donald Trump, along with the hit Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer.
The last we heard about this season was from Jason Bateman last month, who revealed that this season is actually the second act of a "whodunit trilogy" with Lucille Austero's death serving as the "central spine" of this season's story. Mitchell Hurwitz, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Jim Vallely and Richie Rosenstock are executive producers on Arrested Development, and it is produced by Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox Television for Netflix. Arrested Development has garnered accolades from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy), AFI, the Golden Globes, Producer's Guild Awards, Screen Actor's Guild, the Television Critics Association and the Writer's Guild, among others. While we wait for more details, take a look at the first set photo from Arrested Development Season 5.