Mitch Hurwitz Working on the Script for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Movie; Believes He Can Get the Whole Cast Back

     August 27, 2013

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One of my frustrations with the fourth season of Arrested Development was the amount of cliffhangers.  It demands at the very least a movie, and the movie doesn’t have a green light.  However, creator Mitch Hurwitz is hard at work on the film script, but in an interview with Rolling Stone, he cautions, “I can’t get into much more detail because I don’t want to scare anybody off. I don’t want to be presumptuous about it. I don’t own the property outright – it’s a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie.”  I’m also wondering how 20th Century Fox will work with Netflix.  Netflix was able to get clips from the first three seasons (with a fun running gag implying that the clips were ripped from DVDs), so I assume Netflix will be willing to provide clips from season four.

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arrested-development-season-4-posterHurwitz didn’t want to go into more details regarding his plans for the future of Arrested Development, explaining:

“But I want to be very careful about not putting out false information. I want to get a time and tell everybody when it’s happening and not play with people. Right now, I’m trying to do something else for Netflix and a movie project and things. I’m always sort of superstitious about talking about this stuff before it happens. It’s the best way to guarantee it doesn’t happen.”

One of the other concerns is getting the cast back together, but Hurwitz believes it will be much easier reuniting them for a movie than it was for the fourth season.  “A TV season is a six-month commitment,” he tells Rolling Stone. “But I think it would be very doable to get them together for four or five weeks to make a movie.”  Despite the difficulties in getting everyone back for season four, which made heavy use of body-doubles, Hurwitz is also hoping to follow the movie with a fifth season. “It’s always been its own little thing. I kind of feel like the more it stays original, the better chance it has,” he says.  “As soon as it goes back to trying to do exactly what it was before, you run the risk of doing a reunion show or something.”  It’s a strange comment considering that the fourth season almost reveled in the one scene where the entire cast was physically together in one room.

arrested-development-season-4-david-cross-jason-batemanHurwitz also responded to criticisms of the fourth season.  He believed that initial criticisms came from evaluating the show based on the first few episodes rather than seeing them as part of a whole narrative:

“By now, many people have gone through the episodes again,” says Hurwitz. “They see the first episodes as the first chapters as opposed to the first episodes. People responding quickly to the first episodes was akin to reading a couple chapters of a book and saying, ‘I don’t like this.'”

He continued to say that the radical new form of the show was probably off-putting to viewers who expected more of what they had loved from the first three seasons.  Hurwitz makes comparisons of season four to Radiohead’s Kid A and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part II, not in terms of quality, but to make the point that the new release confounded and upset those who enjoyed OK Computer and The Godfather.

I know I’ll be re-watching season four if and when the movie comes along.  Perhaps then I’ll come around to Hurwitz’ way of thinking.


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  • GrimReaper07

    No Hurwitz, a TV series is not like a book. Episodes have to stand on their own and be funny the first time through, not only on repeated viewings. Rewatching the 4th season provides a couple of chuckles more (just a couple though), but it doesn’t make up for a lame, repetitive, and needlessly convoluted plot. Also, most episodes don’t even stand up on rewatchs.

    • TwiceBorn

      Wait, you’re criticizing a plot on Arrested Development because it is convoluted? …


      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah. I take it you haven’t seen the last season. And I’m not criticizing A plot. I’m criticizing THE plot. Too much thought was put into it at the expense of the show’s comedy, characters and pacing (the three things that always made AD stand out). In pretty much every good comedy show plot is an excuse to roll out the jokes. In the last season of AD it’s the other way around and the plot itself isn’t even that good.

      • TwiceBorn

        No, I saw it. And I can understand where you’re coming from, but the convoluted plot was a joke unto itself. I thought the convoluted plot was funny and very much in the spirit of the show.

        My point was that all the plots on AD are convoluted in a good way. It’s the nature of the show.

        I must confess that I was never a huge AD fan, but I have definitely enjoyed the show, having seen every episode. The Netflix season was weaker then the past seasons, but it was not terrible. I found it very satisfying.

      • GrimReaper07

        I thought it was insanely inconsistent, having some episodes that were great and many that were pretty bad. None reached the heights of the previous seasons though. I don’t think that AD’s plot was ever convoluted though, at least not as much as Season 4’s. It was really hard to understand what went on where and what was happening at times, and actually rewatching and understanding provides very little payoff.

        My biggest concern with the new season (besides the episodic structure) is that the pacing is way too slow: jokes take too long to set up and its not until episode 5 that things start to be a bit good. As a standalone season I’d say it was only mediocre. As season 4 of one of the funniest, fastest, and smartest shows on TV it’s a big disappointment.

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  • Matty

    The fourth season was acceptable and I’m really looking forward to more as long as the whole cast is together for the rest of the story. It works best as an ensemble. I think why S4 was considered subpar by so many was simply because the cast couldn’t play off of each other nearly as much. Long live Arrested Development!

  • mattritchey

    My favorite thing about the AD Season 4 naysayers is that the whole reason AD went off the air is that audiences didn’t “get it” and so didn’t tune in. AD was ahead of it’s time in terms of style for a “mainstream” comedy TV show and required a different level of attention. Now that there’s been more time elapsed and mainstream TV has actually TAKEN that style, Season Four changes the style AGAIN and people get upset about it because it requires MORE attention. And the whole point of writing the season in this style was the idea of “binge-watching” and how Netflix created a new way of watching TV…..

    I understand if it’s not everybody’s cup of tea and I won’t say that Season Four was just as good or just as funny as the first three seasons, but it DID continue to push the envelope in terms of storytelling, which has always been one of the best things about the show. It’s challenging, and I appreciate that. And, as with the first few seasons, you can always go back and pick up TONS of things you missed the first two times you watched it.

    Somebody is going to have enough time on their hands one day (is probably doing it now) and will re-edit Season Four so that the story is told the same way previous seasons were, with all the family member’s storylines intertwined. I’ll be interested to see how and/or if that changes the experience an comedy.

    • rob247

      I thought it was pretty ingenious how, as the season played on, we were shown different perspectives where everything made sense. (spolier) The first episode where George Michael was having that Fake Block corporate pool party with all of these business people and then at the tail end of the season we find out they were all sex offenders (and his software program was just a wood block) – that was gold. If you have a cast of characters whose schedules don’t allow them to work together, I can’t think of a smarter way to write a season. My only gripe is that the festival scenes and the situation with Lucille 2’s money were a little less coherent – that took a couple viewings to get it.

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