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Greg Kinnear As Jason Bateman? We Almost Got A Meta-Meta ‘Arrested Development’ Movie & 8 Things Learned About The New Netflix Season

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist April 29, 2013 at 5:35PM

Seven years in the making, and honestly not something many realistic pragmatists like us thought would ever come to pass, “Arrested Development” is returning in May on Netflix with all the 15 episodes at once, so you can binge through them all in one sitting, as is the norm for big TV digestion these days. No, it’s not quite a fourth season, or at least says Jason Bateman, but it’s the continuation of the Bluth’s story some 10 years later. Entertainment Weekly’s cover story last week has an awesome breakdown of the “Arrested Development” return and how unflappable series creator Mitch Hurwitz willed it into existence with unwavering tenacity.
Mitch Hurwitz, David Cross, Arrested Development

5. There will be guests. Two new, previously unannounced ones are ‘The Office” star John Krasinski and “Expendables” star Terry Crews.

The Workaholics trio is also new. Previously announced guests include: Ben Stiller, James Lipton, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Isla Fisher, John Slattery, Liza Minnelli, Carl Weathers, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and Scott Baio.

6. Before there was the idea for a TV series leading into a movie, there was just a movie and it was very meta.
Of course there was more than one idea for a movie before Netflix came along and said to Hurwitz, “we’re interested in bringing this back,” but EW drops one idea that sounds pretty hilarious. “Arrested Development The Movie: The Movie.” They don’t reveal too many details, but write, “starring Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth and Greg Kinnear as Jason Bateman.” How would that work? Your guess is as good as ours, but some form of movie was hinted at way way back. You’ll remember that Maeby Fünke (Alia Shawkat) pitched Ron Howard that idea in the season finale of the cut-short Season 3. Whatever the case is, it’s a fun idea that’s been scrapped. Hurwitz seems to know what the “Arrested Development” movie will be -- if it ever gets green lit -- but it’s not yet written and it’s certainly not a meta-meta movie. Evidently at one point though, Hurwitz did pitch a “multiple movie scenario” to Howard’s Imagine Entertainment.

Arrested Development Michael Cera

7. 10 Episodes Quickly Became 15
Netflix originally greenlight 10 episodes of “Arrested Development,” but after Hurwitz and his writers put their heads together he knew he needed more time so went back and asked for five more to make 15. With all the interconnectedness to it and reflections on events from different perspectives, will it be clear to audiences what’s going on? Hurwitz admits that several episodes were tricky and logical narrative kinks meant rewriting on set as they were shooting. It all sounds like a delicately conceived house of cards. “I just hope it makes sense,” Hurwitz said.

8. The Movie
Most of the “Arrested Development” cast realize a movie may not happen, but the show is devised so that it won’t depend on a feature-length feature either. Hurtwitz said he has “a great deal of [the movie] mapped out, but there’s no script yet.”

“If we get the movie, it’s the cherry on top of the sundae,” Tony Hale, aka Buster said. “If we don’t, it’s been a really delicious sundae.”

This article is related to: Arrested Development, Mitch Hurwitz, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, David Cross, NetFlix

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