'Arrested Development' Creator Reveals New Reboot Details!

With production set to begin this summer, all 10 episodes of season 4 will debut on Netflix on a single day some time next year

After years of rumors, Arrested Development is finally on its way back. The Emmy-winning, side-splitting sitcom, which was yanked after a measly three seasons on FOX, will be revived for season 4 next year.

And the news gets better -- at least if you're a Netflix subscriber. Viewers will now access the show through that streaming video service. Here's how it works: On a certain date, the entire, 10-episode season will be made available at once. No more waiting a week between installments. It will be just like watching a whole TV season on DVD -- except it's the current one, accessed with a few clicks of your remote!

But the Netflix deal won't just change the way we learn about the Bluth family's latest foibles. It will change the way the episodes are written. On Tuesday, at a Netflix-sponsored event during the National Association of Broadcasters convention, creator Mitch Hurwitz said that he and his writers will deliver surprises and plot twists in new and different ways.

"There's going to be some mystery sprinkled throughout this [but] instead of watching one a week and try to get ahead of it, the hope is [fans] will watch them all together and then go back and look for clues and connections," Hurwitz explained. "We'd also like to use the technology to provide additional material, where you might be able to access another part of the story."

That sounds a little vague, but Hurwitz deserves the benefit of the doubt. After all, cast members like Will Arnett, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter joined him onstage to make the announcement, which is a sure sign that this is a go. And Hurwitz also made some promising remarks about how the show will take shape. Though he'd been toying with the idea of making each episode a self-contained story about a specific character, he sounds like he's changed his mind. "That is now kind of evolving into becoming more like the old show again," he said. 

Old show? Music to our ears! The only thing that would have made this announcement better would have been mention of an Arrested Development movie, which Hurwitz discussed in October at a New Yorker Festival event. At the time, he confirmed that he had been working on the screenplay before he discovered that "there was so much more to the story."

"Where everyone has been for five years became a big part of the story, he said. "So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together." This realization is what led to the limited-run Netflix series, which Hurwitz had mentioned would lead into the movie.

By noticeably not mentioning the movie this time around in Las Vegas, we can assume that production of the film is on the back burner for now. Fans can take solace in this though -- Hurwitz said he would be open to a season five or six on Netflix. "We would love this to be the first first of many visits."

So would we!

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