Netflix Officially Renews ‘Arrested Development’ & Grabs Andrzej Sapkowski’s ‘The Witcher’
It looks like the Bluths are good for business. Netflix today announced series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and the entire series regular cast, including: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat will return for a fifth season.
“Arrested Development brings us structures, outerwear and choreography like no other comedy in history,” mused Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “Season Four marked the first foray by Netflix into original comedy programming and this time, the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world.”
The fifth season of “Arrested Development,” which is produced by Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox Television, will premiere worldwide in 2018.
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In addition to bringing back one of America’s favorite dysfunctional families, the streaming giant is developing and producing a new English language drama series based on “The Witcher” from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski who will serve as a creative consultant on the series. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
Sean Daniel (“The Mummy franchise,” “The Expanse”) and Jason Brown (“The Expanse”), partners at the Sean Daniel Company are executive producers, along with Tomek Baginski (Oscar nominated short “The Cathedral,” BAFTA winning “The Fallen Art, Ambition”) and Jarek Sawko (“The Fallen Art,” “Another Day of Life”) from Platige Image, the Polish production and visual effects company.
“‘The Witcher’ stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world,” said Sean Daniel and Jason Brown. “The characters are original, funny and constantly surprising and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”