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Jason Bateman Says 'Arrested Development' Was “Misbranded”; David Cross Has Doubts About Movie

The Playlist By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist April 1, 2013 at 9:36AM

It's almost hard to believe that the return of “Arrested Development,” while only a month away from its May Netflix premiere, is really happening -- perhaps partly because the event's been so anticipated, and partly because so little has been revealed on its contents. Drips of info have been leaked here and there though, and with a round of cast panels and interviews over the weekend, that info has just increased.
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It's almost hard to believe that the return of “Arrested Development,” while only a month away from its May Netflix premiere, is really happening -- perhaps partly because the event's been so anticipated, and partly because so little has been revealed on its contents. Drips of info have been leaked here and there though, and with a round of cast panels and interviews over the weekend, that info has just increased.

One well-covered aspect of the new season has been its list of guest stars, which is absolutely immense: Ben StillerSeth Rogen, Kristen WiigIsla Fisher, Terry CrewsConan O'Brien and John Slattery, to name only a few. And after Rogen told a Wondercon audience recently that he “worked with [Wiig]” on the show, pair that with the fact that Wiig's role is a young Lucille Bluth in flashback, and you have an intriguing match. A young George Sr. would be the obvious answer, but leave it up to Mitch Hurwitz to go the opposite route.

Other vague yet compelling details have emerged as well, not really to do with the narrative, but more of what the new episodes mean for the show. In a recent interview with GQ, Jason Bateman revealed some misconceptions he's been hearing. "It is not season four. It got misbranded or mislabeled way, way, way back when and was never corrected for one reason or another,” he said. “There are different agendas at work there, but it is not season four." 

So what then will the fourteen episodes represent when they hit Netflix streams in May? Another mystery added to the pile, and even another question mark put onto claims about a feature film, as David Cross -- in conversation with Michael Cera in NY - claimed he “[doesn't] know if there's going to be a movie” after all. Luckily for us, we'll have one of those answers in just a short while. [Comic Book Resources/Gothamist]

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Arrested Development, Jason Bateman, David Cross


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