Hulu Rumored To Be Joining 'Arrested Development' Bidding War
Will the Bluths grace your laptop screen soon?
Maybe -- but it's unclear where, so far.
While Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox TV is in talks with both Netflix and Showtime (whose entertainment president David Nevins was an executive producer on the series), Vulture now says online streaming service Hulu has also thrown its hat into the ring. Both Hulu and Netflix currently offer "Arrested Development" for streaming (though users need Hulu Plus for the full set of seasons). Vulture also cites sources that say the relaunch will likely not land at Fox, or one of its sister networks.
News of the reboot arrived at the New Yorker Festival, when creator Mitch Hurwitz, along with assembled cast, announced that the "Arrested Development" movie was indeed in the works, with a short 10-episode miniseries to lead up to it, and a release expected in early 2013. The show was originally cancelled in 2006 due to low ratings that weren't mitigated by its strong cult following, though at the time of its cancellation rumors circulated that Showtime might save the show.
“I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by there was so much more to the story,” Hurwitz said at the festival. Each episode of the miniseries would focus on one character.
Netflix made a push into original programming with "House of Cards," an upcoming drama made by David Fincher, with Kevin Spacey, though CEO Reed Hastings has said in the past that the company is less interested in producing original content than it is in securing distribution rights to a wider variety of offerings. Hulu, meanwhile, launched a series with "Super Size Me" star Morgan Spurlock earlier this year.
For fans, however, it probably doesn't matter who picks up the show, as long as it's picked up. Never-nudes forever.