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Mitch Hurwitz Talks to Vulture About Reviving 'Arrested Development'
Vulture: Did you end up writing these ten episodes as a farewell to the Bluths or the beginning of a new chapter?
Mitch Hurwitz: The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie. They precede it. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven't "sold" yet. The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family "fell apart" and how they're brought together to deal with their new problems. I would give you a hint as to what those problems are, but, really, why rob the fans of being disappointed when they see it on Netflix.
Vulture: You've said that the new episodes will all be made available at the same time on Netflix. Given AD's status as one of the most Internet-celebrated shows ever, did you consider what you might be missing out on by releasing them that way? Like if they were released one by one each week, the Internet could watch them together "live" and an instant party would break out on Twitter. Releasing them in one lump sum seems like it might just overwhelm the Internet's episode recappers and animated-GIF makers.
Mitch Hurwitz: I actually think the strategy for release is up in the air. I know Netflix at one point was talking about streaming them all at once, because that's how they've done it with other shows, and it's their choice. I know it'll be in the spring of 2013, or what the Mayans would call the spring of "1." But I just love the opportunity we have to be creative with every part of this, from the concept to the delivery. We're trying to embrace both the obstacles, like lack of cast at our disposal, and the advantages — storytelling freedom, lack of commercials — and it's just great to be part of something that will hopefully become another option for original scripted material. If this works it could lead to a lot of other people getting a second shot. See if Apatow and Feig can squeeze out another couple Freaks and Geeks. Andy Richter could go back to controlling the Universe. Maybe David Lynch could make a third Peak.