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We’re all aware by now – even the Olsen twins – that Netflix is going into full-fledged Tanner mode with their upcoming revival series Fuller House. But some out there would rather look back than forward, such as Lifetime, which has announced they’re putting together a tell-all TV movie tentatively titled The Unauthorized Full House Story. No one is having mercy on anyone with this announcement.
Following in a long line of biopic-styled movies, The Unauthorized Full House Story will apparently take into account Full House’s entire eight-year run for its subject matter. Here’s what the official logline looks like.
The Unauthorized Full House Story (working title) will look at the rise of the cast and the pressure on them to balance the idyllic family life on the show with the more complicated reality of their own lives outside the series, but it will also look at the warm bond that grew up between the cast as the show became one of America’s most beloved family sitcoms.
Not a whole lot of complications with the younger set of cast members as far as I can remember, other than Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen becoming mega-zillionaires due to their entertainment and clothing empires. On the adult end, we had Bob “I’ll turn anything into a dick joke” Saget on the polar opposite of the stand-up world from Dave “I should have just told dick jokes” Coulier, and John Stamos, who used his star power to change his character’s last name from Cochran to Katsopolis. Maybe they’ll play up the unaired pilot, for which Danny Tanner was played by John Posey.
Writing the TV movie will be Rizzoli & Isles’ Ron McGee, who may be familiar to Lifetime viewers for penning the Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story that aired last September. That was based in part on Dustin Diamond’s tell-all book, but it’s unclear where McGee will be getting his information this time around. While I loved that project due to its overwhelmingly cheesy approach to the material, it didn’t drum up much of an audience, despite a relatively well-received marketing campaign. There’s no denying that Full House has had a much bigger all-ages audience over the years, though, so it’s likely this next effort will find more viewers.
According to THR, casting will supposedly begin soon. There’s no release date planned yet, but we’ll probably hear about that as soon as other factors get locked down. All I want is for the same person who did the hair and wardrobes on the Saved by the Bell Story to come back for this one, because that was truly glorious.
This is the latest in a line of interesting fictional projects for Lifetime, which is gearing up for the series Clan of the Cave Bear and the Omen sequel Damien, as well as the premiere of the Nicole Kidman-starring feature Grace of Monaco.