Arrested Development: Design the Season 4 DVD Cover Art

Full cast of Arrested Development in a shipping container

Arrested Development is one of those rare examples of a show saved by the love of fans. Viewers loved it so much, and bought a lot of DVDs, that Netflix resurrected the cult hit for a fourth season. So it makes sense to ask fans to design the DVD cover art, right?

Mr. Manager bananaShowrunner Mitch Hurwitz explained his thinking in a message to fans:

Hey Arrested Development fans – the Season 4 DVD is coming out soon and they’re designing the DVD cover art and you know what? The fan art that people have made for the show is so much more interesting. And while Twentieth Century Fox didn’t like my first suggestion, “Let’s just steal it”, they have come around to my second suggestion, “Let’s have a contest for best fan art! And then steal it!”

So what do you say? Share the art you’ve made over the years or create new pieces just for Season 4 and I’ll help select one for the new DVD cover. And you’ll probably get paid something. Right? They’d probably have to just legally. I don’t know. I’m not a lawyer. But I do have lawyers. And they suggest I retract everything I’ve just written.

But they’re lawyers, they retract. You’re artists, you put out. Generally because no one will buy your art. I know that’s how I got into the business.

So before I make more promises I have no intention of keeping, start sending that stuff in!

I both thank you in advance for the work you’ve already done, and thank you in the past for work you’ve yet to begin.

Your “Homie”,
Mitch (Hurwitz) ((Creator Arrested Development))

Fans can submit their designs to the official Tumblr by September 16 to enter, and the winner, who will receive $1000 and have their art featured on the cover of the Arrested Development season four box set, will be announced by November 1.

Fan art tends to be better than official art in my opinion anyway (just look at what’s already been submitted), so this really does sound like a brilliant idea. But read the rules clearly before submitting.

Have the perfect idea for the cover? Think this contest is unfair to the artistically challenged?  Tell us what you think in the comments!