Out doing press rounds for “In the Heart of the Sea,” filmmaker Ron Howard dropped by “Good Morning America” where he was asked about the status of a fifth season of beloved comedy “Arrested Development”.
The series, cancelled by FOX after three seasons, was revived by Netflix for a fourth. Reception to that season was not good with most complaining about the way it split up the characters – something necessary at the time due to scheduling issues.
It was popular on the service though, so much so that talk of a fifth season has been happening for sometime. From Howard’s comments, it sounds like some progress has been made:
“Well, Mitch Hurwitz the creator of the show is working with writers now. Netflix is behind it, 20th Century Fox is behind it… It’s hopeful. What has happened is that the cast has become so freakin’ in demand and busy. Everyone wants to do it. Fans want it. I would be saddened if we didn’t achieve it. I’m the announcer and the narrator, and I have to get back to that microphone.”
Howard serves as executive producer and will produce it through his Imagine Entertainment label. The new season is rumored to run a whopping seventeen episodes.