Monday, May 27, 2024

Arrested Development News: Hurwitz Confirms Movie, More Slattery


Fans of “Arrested Development” take note: “Mad Men” star John Slattery will return for more episodes of “Arrested Development” in its next season on Netflix. Last night at the Governors Ball I ran into Slattery and Mitch Hurwitz, the show’s genius creator, having a splendid reunion from each of their shows.

Hurwitz told me the planned “Arrested Development” movie is going forward, and that Slattery will be included as Dr. Norman. Slattery appeared in three episodes of the concluded Netflix season 3. Who else would Hurwitz include in the movie? “Anyone! I’d like everyone,” he said.

And then “Arrested Development” will develop into a season 4 following the movie. At least that’s the plan now. Netflix is only going to continue to grow after its huge launch with “AD,” “House of Cards,” and “Orange is the New Black.” It looks like “AD” will be a brand component of the non-network TV channel for quite a while more.

Slattery, by the way, looked very Roger Sterling last night at the Governor’s Ball in a perfectly worn tux, and holding a martini glass with a swizzle stick. I lamented to a friend of his that the Emmys were ignoring his “Mad Men” performance. The friend said: “And you know the great  thing? He doesn’t care.”

Slattery is not only doing other TV shows, he’s directed an indie film. He told me last night that he’s just finishing a cut of “God’s Pocket” based on a Pete Dexter novel, starring Christina Hendricks, John Turturro, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. We may see it in Sundance or Tribeca.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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