Jason Bateman is not happy with the way Netflix handled the most recent season of Arrested Development.
Uproxx broke the news about Bateman’s comments, that now leave us in total confusion about the future of the series.
Check out what Bateman had to say during his interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast about the most recent season of Arrested Development:
“[The episodes] were meant to be the first act of a three-act story that Mitch had in his head. And the second two acts … are still yet to be told. He thought it would be fun to do the first act in some episodes. And that’s what that was, but Netflix called it ‘season four,’ which was a little disingenuous because it implied that the show was coming back. And that’s not what the show was, because each episode was about an individual character, and I think it was a little confusing and frankly underwhelming for the audience. That was unfortunate. It wasn’t branded honestly. Or correctly, I should say.”
Bateman also commented on whether or not there will be a season five saying, “There is no plan. There are those remaining two acts, but I don’t know what format they will take, or if they will ever happen.”
This news completely negates what Arrested Development producer Brian Grazer has been saying. During a recent interview on the Adam Carolla Show podcast, Grazer confirmed that the show would indeed return. “Netflix is determined to do more episodes, so we’re going to do more episodes,” he told Carolla.
Netflix even confirmed that more AD was coming during the TCAs. “We are plugging along,” Sarandos said. “It’s a very long complex deal to make for these guys both because the talent is very busy and working on other shows, but also because the show is owned by Fox… It is our intent to have a new season of Arrested Development. All the negotiations are underway,” said Netflix chief content office Ted Sarandos.
I guess we’ll all have to wait and see what really happens.