The announcement of the return of Arrested Development not only sent fanatics into a frenzy, but excited both Netflix and Showtime. Initial reports said that the 10 episode mini-series would likely air on the premium cable channel before being able to be streamed on the floundering streaming service. Now Vulture just announced that Hulu is entering the battle for the cult hit.
Though the revolutionary sitcom was pulled off the air by Fox in 2006 because of low ratings, AD grew a huge following via DVD sales and the availability to stream instantly on Netflix. The immediate value of gaining the show would be to pull in viewers, but in the long run, either Netflix or Hulu would have exclusive rights to the reboot and therefore would continue pulling in members to its services.
Creator Mitchell Hurwitz said the project would only work as a limited series leading into a feature film. While 20th Century Fox Television will co-produce the show, whoever ends up picking it up will also have to fund the series, but not the film. Hurwitz stated at the New Yorker Festival that there are a lot of details to be figured out on the business side of the project, but creatively he’s ready to start filming the television part for a fall 2012 release and a early 2013 film release.