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Jason Bateman Inks Deal For More ‘Arrested Development’

Deadline logo Deadline 5/13/2017 Erik Pedersen
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Will they or won’t they? It looking more likely that they will. It’s been nearly four years since Season 4 of Arrested Development premiered on Netflix, and talk of a fifth season has been swirling pretty much since. That got a step closer to reality today as star Jason Bateman tweeted that he has signed on:

The ensemble series debuted on Fox in 2003 and ran three seasons, picking up a slew of Emmys including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2004. The 15-episode Netflix season was well received in 2013, leaving many wanting more. But with stars including Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Will Arnett (BoJack Horseman, The Millers) and Tony Hale (Veep) — not to mention narrator Ron Howard — consistently busy elsewhere, it’s been a challenge to get the band back together.

“We are close,” executive producer Brian Grazer told Deadline back in January, “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. So we are really close — I think within a couple of weeks at the most.”

Still no timeline for that elusive Season 5 at this point, though.

Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter also star on the series from 20th Century Fox TV.

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