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Arrested Development, cancelled in 2006, could be revived on Netflix

Arrested Development is coming back, creator Mitchell Hurwitz said over the weekend. And it could be coming straight to Netflix.

By Matthew Shaer / October 3, 2011

Arrested Development could soon be coming to Netflix. Here, a scene from a 2003 episode of Arrested Development.

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In 2006, Fox pulled the plug on Arrested Development, a cult favorite sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, and starring Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, and Portia de Rossi. But according to Hurwitz, this show could soon get a second life – first as a limited-run television series, and then as a full-fledged feature film. Speaking at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday, Hurwitz said the TV run would serve as a kind of prelude to the movie.

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"[I]n working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together. And that kinda gave birth to this thing we’ve not been pursuing for a while and we’re kinda going public with a little bit. We’re trying to do kind of limited run series into the movie," Hurwitz said, the New York Times reports.

The TV series would run 9 or 10 episodes, with each episode revolving around one character. Hurwitz said the first episode would center on Buster, a character played by actor Tony Hale. The question, of course, is where the show will run. Over at Entertainment Weekly, Lynette Rice says that the Arrested Development producers are in talks with Showtime and Netflix "about airing a limited number of original episodes."

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