August 28, 2013
'Arrested Development' creator compares show's Netflix comeback season to Radiohead's 'Kid A'
Mitch Hurwitz predicts that like 'Kid A' show's comeback season will grow in reputation over time
Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has compared the show's recent comeback season on Netflix to Radiohead's 'Kid A' - an album that some fans initially found alienating, but whose reputation has grown over time.
Having revived the cult US sitcom after a seven-year hiatus, Netflix launched 15 brand new episodes simultaneously on May 26. Original cast members Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Michael Cera all reprised their roles as members of the eccentric and dysfunctional Bluth clan.
The new season received mixed reviews from TV critics and many fans objected to what Hurwitz has described as the "anthology" format, whereby each episode revolves around a single Bluth family member. However, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Hurwitz said the immediate reaction reminded him of what Radiohead experienced when they released 'Kid A' in 2000.
"There was a long lapse of time after they released 'OK Computer', and then 'Kid A' came out and everybody was like, 'We don't like this. We don't like this.' And then later they came around to thinking it was even better than 'OK Computer'," Hurwitz explained. "Also, it's difficult to make this comparison because it sounds self-aggrandising and I don't mean it that way, but I remember when The Godfather II came out. People were like, 'What? What is this? I want to see The Godfather where they shoot people, not this thing where they talk about Cuba.'"
Meanwhile, Hurwitz confirmed that he is working on the mooted Arrested Development movie "right now", but the project has yet to receive an official green light and Hurwitz said he is reluctant to commit to any kind of release date.
"I'm hoping it happens as soon as possible, but I want to be very careful about not putting out false information," he explained. "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."
However, Hurwitz reassured fans that he has no concerns about managing to reunite the Arrested Development cast, adding: "A TV season is a six-month commitment, but I think it would be very doable to get them together for four or five weeks to make a movie."
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