The new series of Arrested Development will be streamed live on the on-demand internet service Netflix, it has been announced.
After it was confirmed last month that the cult comedy show would be returning for both another run on television and a big screen adaptation, Variety are reporting that Netflix outbid competition from similar services such as Showtime and Hulu to secure the rights to broadcast the show online.
However, there are some doubts over which members of the cast will return for the show. Each of the series regulars has expressed their interest in returning, but it’s claimed that no deals have been confirmed yet and there may be some scheduling conflicts for the likes of Will Arnett, who plays the character Gob Bluth, and Portia de Rossi, who portrays Lindsay Fünke.
Previously, Arrested Development star Jason Bateman said of the forthcoming new series and film: “There’s business left to be done, but creatively we are all on board and have a very specific plan about how it would come out and what we would do and when we would shoot it. I think we’re targeting next summer to shoot it.”
Arrested Development was originally broadcast on US network Fox between 2003-06 and starred Bateman and Michael Cera. Despite being critically acclaimed and winning six Emmy awards and one Golden Globe, the show was dropped after three seasons because of low ratings.
The show revolved around members of a dysfunctional family who ran a collapsing real estate development company and frozen banana stand.