Enact your celebratory chicken dance now! After years of rumblings and rumours, Netflix has officially announced Arrested Development season 5.
Jason Bateman (who announced his own involvement over Twitter the other day) will be joined at the banana stand by fellow returnees Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat.
The Bluth family’s next batch of televised antics is slated for a 2018 premiere, as this unconventional promo pic revealed…
The show’s creator Mitchell Hurwitz, who’s also returning, shared this statement…
“In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days. I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”
Netflix’s content king, Ted Sarandos, added this cryptic sentence: “The Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world.”
Arrested Development season 5: heavy on the flashbacks?
Back in January, TV Line reported that the show’s “long-gestating fifth season will likely have a major prequel element, with potentially half of the action unfolding in flashbacks featuring much younger versions of all the principal characters (played by different actors).”
Fans will remember that season 4 featured Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig as younger versions of George and Lucille Bluth. It’s unclear if they would reprise these roles here.
Netflix declined to comment on TV Line’s report, and now that the entire returning cast has been confirmed, it’s unclear if there was any truth to it. Of course, we’ll keep you updated as we hear more…