Ron Howard suggests new series of ‘Arrested Development’ will be held up by cast’s availability

Executive producer and the series narrator discusses season 5 of Netflix show

Ron Howard has said that the only thing getting in the way of a fifth series of Arrested Development is the availability of the cast.

Netflix revived the show for a fourth season in 2013 after a seven-year hiatus, launching 15 brand new episodes simultaneously. 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.

Executive producer Brian Glazer revealed in April that he and creator Mitch Hurwitz are planning to make “another 17 episodes” of the cult comedy and that fans should expect to see them in Spring 2016.

However, Netflix are still to make any kind of official announcement about a new season. Asked about the series in an interview this week, Arrested Development producer Ron Howard revealed that it is being written but pinning down the whole cast is proving difficult.

“Well, Mitch Hurwitz – the creator of the show – is working with writers now. Netflix is behind it, 20th Century Fox is behind it,” Howard told Good Morning America. “It’s hopeful – what has happened is that the cast has become so freaking in demand and busy,” he added.

“Everyone wants to do it. Fans want it. I would be saddened if we didn’t achieve it. I’m the announcer and the narrator, and I have to get back to that microphone.”

Arrested Development originally aired on US network Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006 before being cancelled.