This year got Arrested Development fans excited as a new season on Netflix was revealed.
As it continues shooting, the show’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz, provided a few details about the season 4 through an interview with Vulture, including how the season basically serves as an Act One to an Arrested Development movie that the cast wants to do.
More details after the break.
It appears that not only are the episodes a great set-up to a movie, but each one will focus on a particular character letting fans know what’s happened to them since the “family fell apart.”
“The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie. They precede it, Hurwitz said. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven’t “sold” yet. The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family “fell apart” and how they’re brought together to deal with their new problems. I would give you a hint as to what those problems are, but, really, why rob the fans of being disappointed when they see it on Netflix.
Because of the nature of the new series — it’s almost an anthology version of the show with each episode focusing on a particular character and where they’ve been since the family fell apart six years ago — we didn’t really have many of our principal characters together until the twelfth or thirteenth day of shooting.”
Hurwitz also added that they could shoot more material than the planned ten episodes.
“Our initial order is for ten, but the beauty of Netflix is that we theoretically have an opportunity to provide more material for them. We’re definitely shooting some special material just for them. But their whole outlook completely mirrors the ambitions of this show. [Netflix chief content officer] Ted Sarandos and I have really spent a lot of time finding the ideal way to tailor the show to their platform and I think we have something that embraces the new medium. When we did the show the first time we were just out ahead of the technology. I was doing a show that was all about re-watchability before there was technology that really provided that opportunity — before DVRs, etc. In fact, the first season we didn’t know for sure if they would release us on DVD. So in retrospect it was more than audacious, it was “foolish.” But this time we’re going to be way out in front of the next trend, unless, and this is a longshot, it ends up being “reading it off paper.”