Joining Bateman for the new season is the rest of the main cast, many of whom have been busy with other projects, including Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat.
“In talks with Netflix we all felt that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business -- and their desperate abuses of power -- are really underrepresented on TV these days,” series creator Mitchell Hurwitz said in a statement. “I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? -- back to the glorious stream of life.”
"Whew! I can finally answer the question… Hell yes! Warming up my uncredited narrator vocal chords. Now the only thing I will have to be coy about is all the craziness the Bluths are going to face this season,” executive producer and series narrator Ron Howard said in a statement.
Just last Friday, Bateman tweeted that he had signed on the dotted line to reprise his role as Michael Bluth, writing. "Look very probable I'm going to put some miles on the Stair Car this summer. Just officially signed on to more ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT today."
A new season of Arrested Development has long been in the works. Back in July 2016, Hurwitz told a roomful of reporters that they were rearing to go and hinted that filming could begin in 2017.
“We’re very close,” said Hurwitz, who was promoting Lady Dynamite at the time. “It’s something that I’m very desperate to do. We’ve got a lot of stories broken. We’re kind of ready to go.”
Netflix first revived the comedy in 2013 for a 15-episode fourth season, seven years after Fox canceled the series. The final episode, which saw a father-son standoff between Michael and George-Michael, Gob named the replacement president of Bluth Company and Buster's arrest for Lucille Austero's murder (and Howard and Brian Grazer's subsequent movie idea), left many doors open for new potential storylines.
For more on the early days of Arrested Development, watch ET's flashback below.