Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has big plans. He’s working on a movie based on the show, which recently saw its 4th season come exclusively to Netflix after being off the air for seven years. He also intends to make another season after the movie is done, and is also cooking up another, still-unannounced project for Netflix.
Hurwitz had been talking about an Arrested Development movie as early as 2006, when Fox cancelled the show. These plans now seem ready to gel, with Hurwitz telling Rolling Stone that he is working on the project right now.
However, he also cautioned that there are a number of factors out of his control: The rights for Arrested Development are owned by 20th Century Fox, and getting all of the show’s stars has already already proved a major logistical challenge for its 4th season too – which led to a kind of patchwork story-telling around characters and their perspectives on the story.
And there’s another reason it might take a while to get the movie done: Hurwitz said that he is currently busy “trying to do something else for Netflix.” The video service hasn’t announced any additional projects involving Hurwitz yet, but Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has said in the past that the company eventually could spend up to 15 percent of its content budget on original productions.
But eventually, Hurwitz would also like to bring the Arrested Development franchise back to Netflix. After filming the movie, he’d like to shoot another season of the show, he told the Rolling Stone. “The whole thing is sort of unprecedented,” he said.