According to series writer and co-executive producer Dean Lorey, the entire original cast of the Emmy-winning series Arrested Development will be returning for the new episodes in 2013. While this should have gone without saying once it was reported that Netflix had picked up the exclusive broadcast rights, it’s nice to get some confirmation from the show-runners since information has been hard to come by. Lorey himself said that “even the schedule is being kept under wraps.” Reprising their roles from the first run will be Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter, although there are still no formal deals in place.
On his blog, Lorey commented that he is penning a new season along with Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely and will begin shooting in 2012. There is still no word as to the exact number of episodes, only that it was suggested to do a 9 or 10 episode season to bridge the old series to (hopefully) a feature film. Hit the jump for more.
Lorey also commented about reuniting the original cast in their entirety, saying that “offices and parking spaces” were already set up for them. The last time the old gang was back together was at The New Yorker Festival last fall and there had been concerns that the burgeoning movie careers of Bateman and Cera would be an impediment to a television reunion. I’m happy to hear that those worries are behind us and I look forward to the next iteration of Arrested Development. Check out what narrator/executive producer Ron Howard had to say about the new series here and get caught up on all of our Arrested Development coverage here.