"Arrested Development" fans, rejoice -- the Bluth family is one step closer to returning to a screen near you.
The series began production on its upcoming fourth season on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Netflix -- which will air the season -- told TheWrap.
Series star Jason Bateman tweeted a photo from the "AD" set late Tuesday morning, writing, "First day. Away we go..."
Bateman whetted fans' appetites in July, tweeting that filming would begin in the coming weeks. Ron Howard, who produces and narrates the series, also stoked enthusiasm last month by tweeting a photo from the writers' room and noting, "Arrested Development for Netflix, IT'S ALIVE."
The cult favorite, which ran on Fox for three seasons between 2003 and 2006, is being resuscitated for a 10-episode fourth season, which will all become available on Netflix at the same time next year.
An "Arrested Development" movie will film after the new season is wrapped. The show's creator, Mitch Hurwitz, said earlier this year that he'd be open to a fifth and sixth season of the series after the movie is complete.
- Jason Bateman