Netflix has confirmed that a reboot of Full House is on the way.
Reports surfaced recently of a rumoured revival of the old show, which was first broadcast back in 1987.
It seems like a leftfield choice for the Netflix original model: How many current Netflix members have even heard of the series? And how many new customers are likely to sign up to the service just to get access to a new version of Full House?
Netflix’s approach to all decisions, though, is usually governed by data, from popular shows on its site to the types of people who watch certain types of movies. They therefore must have data that indicates some potential interest.
The 13-episode season, titled Fuller House, will be written by original Full House creator Jeff Franklin and is set to premier across all Netflix territories in 2016.
“As big fans of the original Full House, we are thrilled to be able to introduce Fuller House’s new narrative to existing fans worldwide, who grew up on the original, as well as a new generation of global viewers that have grown up with the Tanners in syndication,” says Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content for Netflix.
In a joint statement, executive producers Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Jeff Franklin add: “The continued support of Full House fans of all ages for the last 28 years has been astounding. It is an honor and a thrill to catch up with these beloved characters and explore their lives today. The love you saw on the show was real. The cast has remained a loving family off screen all these years. We are as excited as our fans to finally bring Full House back to life.”
Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are set to star in Fuller House, with fellow Full House star John Stamos set to produce and reprise his original role of Uncle Jesse as a guest star. Discussions with Full House stars Bob Saget, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin regarding guest appearances in Fuller House are ongoing.
The show follows veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Cameron-Bure), who is pregnant, recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Barber), along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter, Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s two boys: rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic seven year old Max.