Netflix has confirmed long-standing rumours it will revive TV show Full House with members of the original cast – including 80s icon John Stamos – on board for the reboot.
The original family sitcom, which captivated millions of viewers in the late 1980s and early ’90s, was where Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen made their start as child actors.
The twins took turns playing the same character: Danny Tanner’s youngest daughter, Michelle.
Netflx has commissioned 13 episodes the remake, called ‘Fuller House’, which will air in 2016 and centre on the family of DJ Tanner, one of the children in the original series.
The original episodes – which ran from 1987 to 1995 – told the story of widower Danny Tanner, who was raising three daughters with the help of his best friend and brother-in-law.
Actor John Stamos, who will produce and guest star as Uncle Jesse in the new rendition, first announced the reboot on Monday on US late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Candace Cameron-Bure, who played DJ Tanner; Jodie Sweetin, who played her sister Stephanie; and Andrea Barber, who played their eccentric neighbour Kimmy, will take leading roles in the new series.
Netflix is negotiating with other cast members including Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, the twins who rose to fame during the show’s run, which began when they were toddlers.
“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,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content.
The plot of the new episodes will focus on DJ, a veterinarian living in San Francisco, who has been widowed while pregnant with a third child.
Her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy move into the house to help her, in a plot not unlike the original.
– with AAP