Strange news indeed. For several years there has been chatter surrounding the idea of a movie to follow on from the TV series Arrested Development. This weekend, during the Q&A at an Arrested Development reunion at the New Yorker Festival, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz announced that the movie is set to happen, but prior to that will be a new season of the TV show that will fill in the gaps on what each character has been up to for the past five years.

“We’re trying to do a limited-run series into the movie.” After a wave of excited applause died down, he continued: “We’re basically hoping to do 9 or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.”

It sounds like the new season will be a break from format somewhat, with each episode of the show serving more as a mini-movie focussed on just the one character. It sounds a lot like the sort of tie-ins you find from comic books prior to the launch of big fan-friendly feature films.

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What we have now is, what I see as, the best case scenario. As long as it ever happens.

UPDATE: Deadline are reporting that 20th Century Fox TV have been in talks with Showtime and Netflix over the rights to the TV series component of this. As a show that built much of its success and fan base off DVD sales, downloads, and PVR recordings, an on-demand service like Netflix makes perfect sense for a program like this. Being distributed by 20th Century Fox TV means that we’ll likely see this in Australia lumped in with the usual output deals.

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