“Arrested Development” returned to the airwaves in 2013 with a successful fourth season on Netflix — and the streaming service definitely doesn’t want to quiet the show’s thunder, but coordinating a fifth season is not proving easy.
“We’re working on it, we’ve been working on it,” Netflix president Ted Sarandos tells Zap2it. “I keep saying how complicated this deal is to make, it’s [coordinating] all the talent. And now we even have our own complexity with Jason on ‘Ozark,’ but we definitely are working on it. I wish I could give you some more concrete things than that, but likely — hopefully as early as next year.”
The “Ozark” series Sarandos refers to is the Laura Linney-Jason Bateman drama, which Bateman is also directing and executive producing, about a family that relocates from Chicago to the Ozarks of southern Missouri. But even with all the complications, it won’t stop Netflix from making “Arrested Development” Season 5.
“It’s the thing I’m really desperate to do. We’ve got a lot of stories broken. We’re ready to go,” creator Mitch Hurwitz tells Entertainment Weekly. “If it does happen, it looks like shooting would happen at the start of 2017.”