In the lead up to Arrested Development season five, creator Mitch Hurwitz has announced that season four, originally release on Netflix as 15 episodes, will be remixed into a more conventional, 22 episode format.
Season four was structured with each episode focusing on one character’s perspective in an over-arching story. In a statement released through the Arrested Development Twitter, Hurwitz explained that season was “akin to eating some toast, then some bacon — maybe a sliced tomato followed by some turkey, and realising, ‘Hey, I think I just had a BLT.’” The new season will be released this Friday on Netflix (May 4).
The new, remixed version of season four will be 22 episodes long and follow a more conventional, interwoven structure. Hurwitz “pursued it as a comedic experiment to see if new jokes and a new perspective would emerge from a remix that features all the Bluths in every episode”.
See the full statement below.
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— Arrested Development (@arresteddev) May 1, 2018
Speaking on the upcoming season five, Hurwitz revealed that the new fifth season of the show will be coming back to Netflix “real soon”.
Michael Cera spoke to NME last year about the upcoming season of Arrested Development. He said: “The strange thing is that I met the rest of the cast for the first time when I was 14, then years go by and we all get back together. Now more years have gone by and we’re back again. It’s a strange and confusing thing, but it’s really fun. There’s a lot of moments when we’re all just laughing and having a good time.”
Speaking on the long-rumoured Arrested Development movie, Cera replied: “I haven’t heard any discussions about that. I remember when the show was first cancelled and there was talk of that. But I think the problem was that so much time had gone by that the first 40 minutes of the movie would be having to catch people up on where the characters had been.”