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It's finally official. Jason Bateman has signed a new deal for a fifth season of Arrested Development.
As we previously reported, the fifth season has long been in the works. But it has faced numerous delays, largely because of the cast's busy schedule outside of the revived Netflix comedy.
It's unclear how close the rest of Bateman's cast mates are to signing their own deals to return, but his mention of "this summer" suggests production could begin in a matter of weeks.
Back in January, reports surfaced the show might lean heavily on flashbacks with younger actors to portray some of the core characters, as a possible solution to accommodate the original stars' availability.
Earlier this year, executive producer Brian Grazer said the show was "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."