Finally, the return of the Bluth family!

“Arrested Development” was a sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz about the Bluths- a formerly wealthy and dysfunctional family. Since debuting in 2003, the show has won numerous awards and has attracted a cult following.

During a recent “Bluth Family Reunion” on October 4, a party held for the cast at the New Yorker Festival. Hurwitz announced details about future plans for the show.  In 2013, the fourth and final season will premiere.  Along with the current season, Hurwitz is also in the process of writing a screenplay for a movie adaptation of the show; that will be released after the show’s final season.  At first, fans suspected this was just a rumor, until the story was confirmed by two original members of the cast, Will Arnett and Jason Bateman via Twitter.

“”It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for release in early ’13. Very Excited!” said Bateman.

A bidding war is currently underway for the rights to premiering the new episodes. The show doesn’t necessarily have to air on FOX, its original home. Netflix, Showtime, and Hulu are all vying for the privilege now.

“We don’t completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing. Just creatively, I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together,” Hurwitz said.