This much we know to be true, since it’s been a rumor for an age and a day that, eventually, the cast of Arrested Development would reunite for a movie to tie up all the loose ends left off at the show’s finale. When AD‘s comeback was officially announced via set of brand-new episodes set to debut on Netflix this spring, a movie didn’t seem all that necessary.
But according to showrunner Mitch Hurwitz, he may have leveraged the renewed interest in the show so that he could demand—and receive —the green light to make such a film, even though he’s already got his platform with the Netflix episodes. Discussing how each of the episodes focuses on a single character, with bit players from the AD universe sprinkled throughout, Hurwitz revealed that the larger Bluth family actually won’t take the screen together all at once; instead, the reunion will be teased by the final episode, wrapping the series into a “first act to what we eventually want to do, which is a big movie.” He also explicitly added, “You don’t see them all together until you see the movie.” Which is a pretty ballsy move, considering pitching an full-length movie is a lot more ambitious and costly than a TV show, but maybe he’s also aiming to get a Netflix release. I’m sure the online metrics will reflect interest, since what bed-bound Internet type isn’t going to spend the entirety of his or her May burning through all the new episodes?