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Arrested Development Creator, Mitch Hurwitz, Still On Board for Movie

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 11:53 am by Amanda Andonian

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At the New York TV Festival last night, Mitch Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development, reiterated his desire for a movie featuring our favorite dysfunctional family, as well as the possibility of a fifth season. THR did a pretty thorough write up of Hurwitz’s interview with New York Magazine senior editor, John Sellers. In the interview, Hurwitz said:

I really want to continue with this, and the cast really wants to continue with this. 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.

He also discussed the learning process he went through transitioning Arrested Development from a network show to a Netflix show, saying that the change in format forced him to completely rethink the way he wrote and shot the series. At the same time, he admitted that he felt his desire to experiment with the format may have been a disservice to the fans.

With regards to the fourth season, Hurwitz told the audience, “I felt in many ways, I did not prepare the audience for this. 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.”

So for those of us who felt like Arrested Development wasn’t exactly what we were expecting, we were right! It was a different show, informed by the fact that it was on Netflix, not regular TV.

Although I was less than happy with the way that season four ended, I’d still be plenty happy to watch another installment of the Bluths’ steady downward spiral. Of course, given the fact that this ensemble cast is so difficult to get together in the first place, it’ll probably be a while yet (if ever) before we see them again.

[via THR]

Check out Nathan Tolle’s reviews of season 4 of Arrested Development episode by episode: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.

You can follow Amanda on Twitter at @reiko516.

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