It's been two and a half years since Season 4 of Arrested Development, and while we know Season 5 is coming, it still hasn't been confirmed when production will begin, or when the season may debut on Netflix. Last summer, executive producer Brian Grazer teased that they were hoping to get production started in either January or February this year, with the new episodes debuting "about four months after" production gets under way. While the production schedule still hasn't been confirmed, Deadline caught up with series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, who revealed Season 5 will have connections to both Presidential candidate Donald Trump and the white-hot Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer.
Oddly enough, the seeds for these connections were already planted in Season 4 of Arrested Development. Part of that season featured the Bluth family setting out to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Lindsay Bluth's (Portia de Rossi) passionate "Put up a wall" speech was so popular she decided to run for office on the Republican party ticket. If you've been following the news lately, you'll know that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has often spoke about constructing a wall between the United States and Mexico.
Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz is reportedly so excited about these developments that he's hoping to have Season 5 ready to air on Netflix by the time the Presidential elections roll around in November. Unfortunately, negotiations with the cast members is still ongoing, and he doesn't know which cast members will be back, and which won't be returning. The series creator has several stories outlined, but he has held off on actually writing the scripts, because he has been constantly rewriting story lines due to strange connections from his plots unfolding in real life.
Season 4 ended with the murder of Lucille Austero (Liza Minnelli), whose body ended up disappearing. Series star Jessica Walter revealed this summer that Arrested Development Season 5 opens with Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) being arrested for the murder. Buster was Lucille's on and off lover, so it would make sense that he takes the rap for this bloody murder, but what Mitchell Hurwitz wasn't anticipating was the success of Making a Murderer, which follows the murder case of Steven Avery.
Long before Making a Murderer debuted, Mitchell Hurwitz was planning on making Season 5 a murder mystery, with Buster's arrest serving as the catalyst for this season. The lengthy delay between Season 4 and Season 5 also caused the series creator to discard another ironic story development. He originally wanted Jeffrey Tambor's George Bluth to become a woman, which would alter the relationship with his son Michael (Jason Bateman). That was discarded after the actor went on to star in the critically-acclaimed series Transparent, where he plays a trans-gendered woman. Mitchell Hurwitz hopes to start production soon, but there isn't a shooting schedule locked in place yet. What do you think about these new developments for Season 5 of Arrested Development?