"Arrested Development" movie release date news reveals that the feature-length film will likely fall ahead of the fifth season. Creator Mitch Hurwitz spilled movie and season 5 details at the 2013 New York TV Festival keynote Monday night. Amid all of the teasers revealed, one thing was made clear. The "Arrested Development" movie premiere will air exclusively on Netflix and will prelude the fifth season due to complicated cast scheduling.
"All I've been able to say is, I really want to continue with this, and the cast really wants to continue with this," Hurwitz said. "What my new thing is, because it might be tough to get the cast together for the four months you would need to make a series, is to try to get them together for four weeks sooner, and do the movie that is the story that we've been building up to in this show. And then, bring the series back after that. It's not my decision, but it's what I want to do. The reason I'm not just saying, let's go do the series next, is because I'm worried it'll take two years to make all those deals -- a mess of people, a weird tease to all of us and the audience. So my goal is to do a movie for Netflix type thing, and then go into the series."
The "Arrested Development" movie release date is a surefire thing. There is "no question" the cult comedy is returning to the streaming service, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos reaffirmed. The Bluth family reunion delay is due mostly because of the castmembers' busy schedules. However, actor Will Arnett also recently revealed that the dysfunctional kinfolk of misfits may return sooner than anticipated.
"I know that there's been a lot of talk," said Arnett, Digital Spy reports. "The truth is that we are actually just trying to figure out exactly how we're going to do it. There is a plan to do something - I don't want to say exactly what it's going to be yet, but we are actively talking about how it's going to come together in its next form. Needless to say, we are going to continue on in telling the story of the Bluths and it will be sooner rather than later."
The "Arrested Development" movie will also take cues from season 4 of the sitcom. Hurwitz stated that the latest season was designed to preface the eventual film. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the "Arrested Development" cast's incompatible schedules and 20th Century Fox's ownership logistics make it nearly impossible to partner with a film studio and release a full-length movie. Regardless, the "Arrested Development" movie is expected to come to fruition in the near future, and Hurwitz plans to release it exclusively on Netflix.
The "Arrested Development" movie release date news and the future of the Bluth family weren't the only topics Hurwitz addressed this week. The creator also talked about the lukewarm reaction season 4 received. He believes he didn't ready viewers for the new model the show would take, seeing as it was being released all at once on a totally new platform.
"I felt in many ways, I did not prepare the audience for this," Hurwitz said. "Right before the show came out, I thought, I've really not said what this is, and what it had become was a novel. I had this unique opportunity here - people are going to get to watch eight hours of this, they're not gonna spend the next six months of having it doled out to them ... so the storytelling changed. That first episode became much more like chapter one of a novel than episode one of a series. And I didn't prep you guys -- I'm really sorry about that."
"Arrested Development" season 5 and the upcoming movie are still expected to impress viewers with the ingenious writing and outstanding cast. Actor Tony Hale admits that all hands (and hook) are on deck for the future film. Check back for more "Arrested Development" release date news as more info is revealed.
"It's the kind of thing where everybody would do it because we all love Mitch Hurtwitz. We all love the writing." Hale said, Digital Spy reports. "The writing is - there are so many surprises. Like my character - my hand's eaten off by a seal! And I date Liza Minnelli! And I go to a Motherboy convention with my mother [Jessica Walter]. It's just stuff that you wouldn't expect, so everybody is just chomping at the bit to do those kind of surprises."