So this weekend brings the the long awaited, highly anticipated return of “Arrested Development,” and we’re sure you’ve already got a viewing party marathon session ready to go. But of course, fifteen new episodes just isn’t enough, as a movie has always been on the horizon with creator Mitch Hurwitz saying over and over again, that his new season is just a precursor to a feature. But could the show live on past that?
“There is a story that I’m leading up to with this show, and it could take the form of a movie, I’m hoping it does. But truthfully, I even have the last beat of the movie, and it definitely is, like, ‘Oh, so there’s more.’ Without being too George Lucas about it, I would love to continue this,” Hurwitz told AV Club. “Jason Bateman used to always say, ‘We should do it like the Michael Apted films. We should do it like ‘7 Up‘ and just keep revisiting them.’ And there’s something that would be kind of amazing about that.”
And while we’ll see if that actually happens (never say never, remember how it took to get these fifteen new shows,) for now there is plenty to explore in what’s coming this weekend. While much has been made of change in format, with each show focusing on a single character and little overlap the entire cast, it has been said the episodes could be watched out of order. Though Hurwitz doesn’t quite recommend that:
“Well, I’ve given it a lot of thought, actually, and it only works for people on a second viewing, or people that want to manipulate the media beyond the initial watching. It does remind me of those Choose Your Own Adventure books that, I don’t know if you’ve ever read one, but it just creates anxiety,” he explained. “…However, I think as something you could re-watch, the fun of this, and the fun of comedy is that if it’s dense enough, you forget all the jokes, and you get to experience them again when you re-watch it. And if you were watching a second time and wanted to jump over to another element and follow the different path, I think that could be really fun. But after all’s said and done, we do require a certain kind of storytelling. Our brain does need a beginning, a middle, and an end. Our dreams, even, end up kind of making sense to us based on random stuff, because we just need to have some kind of order.”
So keep that all in mind when you tune in to Netflix on Sunday. Check out the new clips below…is Gob back in the honey business?