While we don’t cover the television world here on The Film Stage, it’s hard to hide our excitement regarding the return of the Bluth family. Thankfully the two worlds crossed as creator Mitch Hurwitz announced plans for an Arrested Development feature film, but then word came that a fourth season would hit on Netflix beforehand, we become more and more wary if we’d ever see a movie. We’ve now got an exciting update as Hurtwitz sat down with Vulture to expound on his plans. Check out his quote below, on how the fourth season will tie into the film.

The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie. They precede it. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven’t “sold” yet. The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family “fell apart” and how they’re brought together to deal with their new problems. I would give you a hint as to what those problems are, but, really, why rob the fans of being disappointed when they see it on Netflix.

Hopefully the fourth season, coming this spring, drives forward producers to pick up a feature film — especially considering his “act one” quote. Although I’d personally be content in just seeing the series continue in episode form, I think Hurwitz has enough ideas up his sleeves to translate this comedy to the big screen. On the TV side of things, Vulture has many more details but the creator also confirms that each episode is indeed following a specific character, but that “we’ll see them in each other’s shows.” No matter which way we get them, I can’t wait to have the Bluths back.

Are you excited to eventually see the Bluths on the big screen?

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