Arrested Development was canceled more than six years ago, so you could forgive people who didn’t quite believe that there would ever be a feature film or a follow-up television series (even though both were announced last year at The New Yorker film festival). Since then, we’ve learned that the new series will be 10 episodes long and air on Netflix all at once.

For those still dubious that the beloved property will ever make its highly-anticipated return, both Ron Howard and Jason Batemen tweeted photographic evidence that pre-production was underway, with Batemen announcing that filming would begin in four short weeks.

Check out the photos below, tweeted by Ron Howard and Jason Batemen, respectively (click to enlarge):

The first photo features Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz scratching his head in the writing room. The second features narrator/producer Ron Howard, star Jason Batemen, and Hurwitz in apparent glee – much the way that I appear, I imagine, every time I read or hear news regarding season 4 or the (hopefully) forthcoming feature film.

Along with the photo, Ron Howard tweeted:

“Arrested Development for Netflix. IT’S ALIVE.”

And, more interestingly, Jason Batemen tweeted:

“All systems are go. Filming for the new episodes starts in four weeks. Woo!”

So there you have it, people. All systems are a go. Filming for season 4 begins in four weeks. And, most importantly, woo.

Franklin Delano Bluth and Gob Bluth in ‘Arrested Development’

Alas, not everyone is filled with glee at the prospect of a new Arrested Development series – even some die hard fans of the old show. There’s a common belief that a terrible sequel to an older property (or, indeed, a terrible follow-up series that airs six years after the previous one) can somehow retroactively besmirch the original experience.

Of course, everyone’s mileage may vary, but the Star Wars prequels never ruined The Empire Strikes Back for me. Same goes for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Live Free or Die Hard, Halloween 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, the remakes, The Thing prequel, Men in Black 2, Spider-Man 3, Superman 3 and 4, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, et cetera, ad infinitum.

It’s certainly possible that these new Arrested Development episodes could be terrible to the extreme, but that will never make the original series – for myself, anyway – any less brilliant or hilarious.

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to the entirety of season 4 being released on Netflix at once? Let us know in the comments.

Arrested Development airs on Netflix in early 2013.

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Source: Ron Howard’s Twitter, Jason Batemen’s Twitter [via Gawker]