"The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli's character, and a bit of whodunit, who may have done it, who had something to do with it," the actor told EW Radio on Wednesday. "That's sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colorful plot complications that he knows how to do."
And if you were disappointed that Season 4 rarely had the cast all in the same place, Bateman promises that the cast will be together in Season 5. After explaining the schedule conflicts that led to the fractured Season 4, Bateman said, "Ultimately, editorially, it didn't really come together as well as [Hurwitz] wanted it to, and then he had to dictate an order of watching, and it ended up being a little bit more complicated than I think one intended. But we're still very proud of those episodes obviously — and really excited that we get to be together in these."
Bateman also said to expect more "Arrested Development," since the upcoming season on Netflix is merely "the second act" of a planned "three-act story" for the series after its initial run on Fox. Schedules allowing, of course. "The third act presumably will be done if we can all get it together at a later date, maybe in another few years," shared Bateman.
And as for those fans who've spotted similarities between the Bluths and the Trumps, is going to embrace it. "None of that is lost on [creator] Mitch Hurwitz. He's aware of all of that stuff," Bateman told The Daily Beast. "And he and his writing staff have been in a cave for the last two or three months crafting these episodes, and they're going to lean into a lot of that [Trump] stuff for sure. They can't wait."
Season 5 of "Arrested Development" will begin shooting in two weeks and will debut on Netflix in 2018.
Bateman's other Netflix series, "Ozark" with Laura Linney, debuted today.