Season 5 of Arrested Development is getting closer. On Friday night, star Jason Bateman tweeted that he has officially signed on for the new season:
Look very probable I’m going to put some miles on the Stair Car this summer. Just officially signed on to more ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT today.— Jason Bateman (@batemanjason) May 12, 2017
Arrested Development’s fifth season has been teased since at least 2015 when Brian Grazer revealed that 17 new episodes were on the way, and Mitch Hurwitz said last year that he hoped to release the new season before the presidential election. While that didn’t exactly pan out, Entertainment Weekly reports that the early stages of writing the new season have already begun:
After years of chatter and “I hope we’ll be doing more soon”s from those involved, a fifth season of Mitchell Hurwitz’s Emmy-winning series is in the works, with the writers already convening to brainstorm new adventures for the Bluths, EW has confirmed. Netflix and 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the show, have not made any announcement, and could not be reached for comment. The hope, as Bateman indicated, is to start shooting new episodes as early as this summer, though not all of the actors have officially signed contracts yet. No date has been set for when new episodes might stream on Netflix.