Netflix COO Says Next Step for ‘Arrested Development’ Is Potentially a Film
Speaking at TheWrap’s TheGrill Media Conference, Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos reiterated that Netflix wants to do another season of “Arrested Development.” It’s only a matter of scheduling, he said, as the critically acclaimed comedy boasts a large cast.
The most interesting thing out of the session, though, was Sarandos’ statement that the next round of “Arrested Development” might actually come in the form of a movie, instead of a multi-episode season.
“We kicked around the idea of doing another season, or doing a movie,” Sarandos said at TheWrap’s media conference yesterday.
If the antics of the Bluth family do take on a film format, Sarandos explained that a theatrical release would be out of the question.
Although the fourth season of “Arrested Development” was met with mixed reviews due in part to its intertwined storylines and bulk release, Sarandos stuck to the belief that the Netflix model is superior to that of traditional television. Citing shows like the very successful Emmy-winning “House of Cards,” the CCO explained that Netflix can avoid tricky scheduling conflicts that often sink network shows.
Sarandos also explained that much of Netflix’s success in terms of its original programming strategy came with the luxury of not being restrained by scheduling requirements or primetime lineups.