Photo of Will Arnett, David Cross & Portia de Rossi in 'Arrested Development' season 4, by Sam Urdank
After more than two years of chatter, a deal for the fifth season of Arrested Development appears to be imminent.
Speaking with Deadline at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, executive producer Brian Grazer said Wednesday he is finally confident "we are close" to a deal, adding: “I think we found a way to create the compensation structure for all the actors and create a work matrix so they can still make movies and do other things and it will all integrate. So we are really close, I think within a couple of weeks at the most.”
Grazer's comments are just the latest in the long journey to season 5 of the cult comedy, which was canceled by Fox in 2006 and then revived by Netflix in 2013. Back in April 2015, the executive producer said he was plotting "another 17 episodes" of the show.
As we previously reported, Arrested creator Mitch Hurwitz said last year at the TCA summer press tour he and the show's writers had the season 5 stories "ready to go" with hopes of beginning production in early 2017.
Hurwitz said earlier last year he has revised the scripts multiple times, but it's likely another storyline will be updated, as in season 4 (in 2013), Lindsay Bluth (played by Portia de Rossi) launched a run for public office vowing to build a wall on the Mexican border to "keep Mexicans out." Hurwitz said during last year's presidential campaign the show may "pull back" on the anti-Hispanic parody so as to separate itself from the real-life inflammatory rhetoric used by incoming President Donald Trump.
While the wait may be frustrating for fans, Netflix seems to have anticipated a lengthy process to getting a fifth round of the Bluths. Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos acknowledged in July 2015 the streaming platform was in negotiations with the cast, but he warned it was going to be a "long, complex deal."
Grazer previously confirmed the full cast is expected to return for the new season.