The fifth season of "Arrested Development" has been in the works for quite some time now. And for a while, it seemed like the project would never take off. But executive producer Brian Grazer recently revealed that production will officially begin shortly.
While at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour this week, Grazer spoke to Deadline and gave an update on the fifth season's status.
"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," he said. "So we are really close — I think within a couple of weeks at the most."
That is certainly good news to fans, especially those who have been there since the beginning of the show. The fourth season was released on Netflix in 2013 following a three-season run at Fox that ended in 2006. And after another four years of waiting, "Arrested Development" is finally scheduled to pick back up.
And while it has definitely been a long and difficult journey to get to this point, Grazer revealed to TheWrap that deciding on the compensation structure was the most challenging. Regardless, all of the original cast members seem to be on board, with a number of them confirming production for season 5.
Jeffrey Tambor, who portrays Bluth patriarch George Sr., previously shared a January start date for filming. Alia Shawkat, who plays Maeby Fünke, already has an idea of what will happen next when it comes to her character. Creator Mitch Hurwitz apparently revealed to her that Maeby will find herself in the big house.
Back in April 2016, Tony Hale revealed the entire cast's enthusiasm for the upcoming season. Hale plays Buster in the series, the youngest Bluth sibling.
"Arrested Development" season 5 does not have a release date as of yet.