This is neither a trick nor an illusion: Jason Bateman is on board for more Arrested Development!
The actor confirmed the news on Friday, tweeting “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 fifth season has been teased for some time with series creator Mitch Hurwitz saying he was outlining a new season last year, but would not begin writing scripts until the cast was officially signed on. Jeffrey Tambor also commented on a future season at the 2016 SAG Awards after winning his award for Transparent. “First of all, we’re always coming back and there’s always that. I think it’s prophetic that Jason Bateman handed me the award tonight and said, ‘Come on up, Dad.'”
So far Bateman is the only cast member to ink a new deal, however, it’s possible Portia de Rossi will too, given her recent departure from ABC’s Scandal after being a series regular for the past two seasons. Although she left the show on her terms, Rossi did not mention Arrested Development as the reason for her exit.