Jason Bateman revealed an interesting, well, development Sunday on Twitter.
The actor posted a photo from the set of Arrested Development, which Netflix ordered a fifth season of in May, showing the Bluth family living room being reassembled, with some of the furniture partially covered in plastic. “Here comes trouble. The Bluths move back in on the 8th,” Bateman, who plays Michael, captioned the photo, below.
Season 5 of the quirky comedy will involve a murder mystery, Bateman teased earlier this month on EW Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105), picking up with the events of season 4, which debuted on the streaming service in May 2013.
“The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli’s character [Lucille], and a bit of whodunit, who may have done it, who had something to do with it,” Bateman explained. “That’s sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colorful plot complications that he knows how to do.”
Unlike season 4, when episodes focused on individual characters rather than group scenes — a workaround due to cast scheduling conflicts and commitments — Bateman, who popped up in various scenes to help anchor the show, says the cast will be together for the new 15-episode season, which will debut in 2018.
“It was an interesting thing for [Hurwitz] to do because he was embracing the interface of Netflix, which was fairly new at the time in original programming, and wanted to be able to basically have you click out of one episode and click into somebody else’s episode and see a different view point on this simultaneous action,” Bateman said of the season 4 structure. “Ultimately, editorially, it didn’t really come together as well as he wanted it to, and then he had to dictate an order of watching, and it ended up being a little bit more complicated than I think one intended. But we’re still very proud of those episodes obviously — and really excited that we get to be together in these.”
Along with Bateman, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, and Alia Shawkat star in the Orange County, California-set series about a misfit family whose patriarch made questionable money from real estate, possibly committing some crimes in the process.