As Arrested Development is busy filming the fourth season of its Netflix-exclusive fourth season, past cast members have started to announce their returns. Everyone from Liza Minelli, Mae Whitman, Judy Greer (Kitty Sanchez), Henry Winkler (Barry Zuckerkorn), even the Stair Car, have all recently announced they are coming back. Now Jeff Garlin has announced to Paste that he will be returning for the fourth season.
“I can’t give you any details, but I can tell you I have been filming,” Garlin told Paste in an interview.
“I don’t even know if I’ll make the final cut. I’ve got a few more days of filming. Am I filming? That’s the only true thing I can say. Now am I in it? I don’t know if I’ll end up being in it, they might cut everything with me. But I am filming some episodes.”
This news comes after a series of Jeff Garlin’s tweets hinting at his involvement in the last week. On Sept. 5, Garlin tweeted: “I’m getting Arrested tomorrow.” Then on September 12th, in regards to his upcoming comedy tour Built for Comfort, Garlin also tweeted, “Sorry about some of [the] show cancellations but there’s been a development I have to attend to.”
One of the big theories about the plot of the fourth season and film is has been that the story may focus on the creation of a movie based around the Bluth families’ trials and tribulations, hinted in the third season’s final moments.
In the last episode, “Development Arrested,” Garlin’s character—Mort Meyers, a studio executive who worked with Maeby—said that he had been receiving calls about getting the rights to the adaptation of Maeby’s story of being an underage film executive and about the Bluth family. In the final scene of the third season, Mort and Maeby pitched the idea of a Bluth TV show to Ron Howard, who famously ended the show by saying, “I don’t see it as a series. Maybe a movie.”
With Garlin’s newly announced involvement with Arrested Development’s fourth season, this fan speculation may have just been given more credence.