Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce new episodes of acclaimed comedy series âArrested Developmentâ in an exclusive deal with Netflix, the companies announced late Friday. The new episodes are slated for exclusive availability to Netflixâs U.S. streaming service customers in 2013.
Other streaming services, such as Hulu (via Vulture), had been competing with Netflix to land new episodes of the series. The deal marks the second high-profile original production that Netflix has nabbed in recent months; it also has secured exclusive rights to Media Rights Capital political drama âHouse of Cardsâ for a late 2012 rollout.
Although Fox cancelled âArrested Developmentâ in 2006 after three seasons, the show subsequently gained a broader audience on DVD. The parties envision the deal spanning roughly 10 new episodes of the show (via The Wall Street Journal), and the entire original cast is expected to return (via the Los Angeles Times).
Purchasers of Twentieth Century Foxâs âUnstoppableâ Blu-ray can watch a digital copy of the action-thriller on an Android mobile device, thanks to Deluxe Digital Studiosâ Pocket Blu app.
The Fox disc is the first whose digital copy feature supports Android, according to the studio. Disc users access the feature through an Internet-connected Blu-ray player and the free app, which is available at the Android market. In addition to the film, Android users can access bonuses such as director commentary.
The production company said it had not yet determined a specific release date for âStar Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.â According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm plans to release subsequent ‘Star Wars’ installments at the same time in consecutive years. That means that a stereoscopic version of âStar Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jediâ would not debut on 3D screens until 2017.
The series will be presented in theaters with studio Twentieth Century Fox. Lucasfilmâs Industrial Light & Magic will supervise the conversions.
âGetting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right,â says John Knoll, Industrial Light & Magicâs Visual Effects Supervisor. âIt is not something that you can rush if you want to expect good results. For âStar Warsâ we will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience.â
For proponents of the 3D film market, 2012 is a ways off: the technology will need to continue to prove itself in theaters over the next 15 months for âStar Warsâ to have any positive effect. But William Blair analyst Ralph Schackart says that with Lucasfilmâs 3D endorsement, investors in companies such as RealD should be confident in the marketâs prospects.
âThe key conclusion is that marquee directors continue to show strong support for 3D, through both the creation of new content and the up-conversion of mega-hit titles,â Schackart says in a note (via Barronâs). âAvatarâ director James Cameron is also planning a 3D conversion of his 1997 hit âTitanic.â
Twentieth Century Fox says it will bring back James Cameronâs top-grossing film to 3D screens on Aug. 27. The âspecial editionâ of the film will incorporate eight minutes of new footage, according to the LA Times. August will see the debut of two other 3D films: Buena Vistaâs musical âStep Up 3Dâ (Aug. 6) and Miramaxâs horror flick âPiranhaâ (Aug. 20).