Ben Stiller returns to 'Arrested Development,' which might have more than one Netflix season after all
Here's news that will brighten your day, "Arrested Development" fans: Ben Stiller is joining the long, long list of returning guest stars to reprise his role of magician Tony Wonder. The rival of Will Arnett's GOB appeared in Season 2's "Sword of Destiny" and briefly in Season 3's "S.O.B.s," and now he'll be back again in Season 4, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Don't think Season 4 will be the end of "Arrested Development's" revival, either. Despite the recent news that CEO Reed Hastings said Netflix doesn't "anticipate being able to do Season 5, 6 and 7" of the series, representatives for the company are singing a different tune.
"We're hopeful there will be more seasons," a Netflix spokesperson tells HitFix. "By no means is this the end of it. We're definitely planning to do more with them. We have first rights, so it's not like you'd see it anywhere else. We're absolutely hopeful there will be more."
The spokesperson adds that Hastings was likely referring to the difficulty of getting the various "Arrested Development" cast members together to shoot episodes. "I think we all knew it was lightning in the bottle that we pulled it all together," the rep says of the upcoming 14-episode Season 4.
Keep in mind that Mitch Hurwitz and Jason Bateman also have hopes for an "Arrested Development" movie.
"There's a big story that the showrunner wants to tell; this guy Mitch Hurwitz, this smart guy. And the story was too big to kind of ... every time he'd try to fit it all in one movie, it wouldn't work," Bateman said recently. "So he decided to put sort of the first third of it in these episodes we have shot that are going be on Netflix in May, and Act 2 and Act 3 will be inside a movie that we will do later."
"Arrested Development" will debut on Netflix at some point in May. Make sure you catch up on the first three seasons with our "Arrested Development" Rewatch, where we at Zap2it take you through every episode of the cult comedy from Season 1's "Pilot" to Season 3's "Development Arrested."