Upon its release in May 2013, the fourth season of Arrested Development was met with mixed reviews. One of the most common criticism related to the show’s jarring narrative format, which jumped around from character to character instead of focusing on the combined misadventures of the Bluth family. In order to appease fans who complained about that format, series creator Mitch Hurwitz is now working on a re-cut version of Arrested Development that tells season four’s story in chronological order.
Hurwitz discussed the new version in an interview with Pretentious Film Majors. While he didn’t offer any other comments about the re-cut version, he discussed the show’s fifth season, which remains a big question mark. Executive producer Brian Grazer began talking with Netflix about Arrested Development‘s future shortly after season four ended, and more recently, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos claimed he is “positive” there will be a season five.
Hurwitz, on the other hand, sounds a bit less certain. “There’s talk about a fifth season, but it’s not my decision,” he said. “20th Century Fox owns the rights to this thing. But there’s more of a story that has to be told somehow. We’ve got the whole story broken down. Season four was always meant to be act one of a three-act structure, where everything goes sour at the end of it. So that will be hopefully coming.”
Here’s the second-half of Hurwitz’s recent interview, which includes all of the talking points discussed in this article:
We’ll keep our ears peeled for any updates about Arrested Development‘s re-cut season four as well as its as-of-now uncertain future.