While no deals have been made, Netflix is showing interest in resurrecting the Comedy Central series Reno 911! after it ended in 2009. As of now, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos is in early talks with the show’s producers, Michael Shamberg and Stacy Sher. Co-creators and stars of the show Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney have yet to sign any deals on the matter.
Netflix also has its eyes on the new episodes of Fox’s cult hit Arrested Development. In preparation for the much anticipated film spin-off, the show’s writers are seeking a way to explain the five-year gap between the show’s cancellation in 2006 and today. The show’s star, Jason Bateman, broke the news last week when he announced via Twitter:
“It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”
The media-streaming service must compete with another potential buyer, Showtime, for the rights to the show.
Scooping up these abandoned projects seems like an interesting move for Netflix, who recently ditched their poorly executed plans to divide their services. Perhaps they aim to rejuvenate their falling stock prices by kindling the hopes of disappointed fans. Let’s hope it doesn’t backfire.Tags: arrested development, cancelation, Fox, Jason Bateman, Kerri Kenney, Netflix, Reno 911, Robert Ben Garant, showtime, spin-off, Thomas Lennon