It's been a while since we heard anything about a fifth season of Arrested Development, but late last week Deadline Hollywood managed to get a few intriguing updates out of series creator Mitch Hurwitz.
For starters, Hurwitz says Arrested Development's fifth season will pick up right where season four left off: with Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) arrested - and now on trail - for the murder of Lucille Austero (Liza Minnelli). Furthermore, Hurwitz tells Deadline that the season will be true crime-flavored and "in the vein of Making A Murderer", the other Netflix series that's been generating a lot of press as of late.
Apparently the similarity wasn't intentional (this plotline was in place long before Making A Murderer, The Jinx, and Serial made the true crime genre popular again), but what a happy coincidence for Hurwitz and company!
The current plan is to have a new season of Arrested Development on screens before November's Presidential election, but they're going to have to work quickly if they want to reach that goal: Hurwitz also notes that "complex negotiations" are still underway with the entire cast, which means that writing can't begin in earnest until he's certain who'll be back. From scripting to streaming in nine months? Let's keep our fingers crossed, but let's also not be shocked if that self-imposed deadline isn't met.
We'll keep you updated as developments (WOCKA WOCKA WOCKA) occur.