Writer-Director David Fincher has been tapped to helm Netflix’s reboot of popular 90’s sitcom Full House. The award-winning director is best known for his films, which include Fight Club, Gone Girl, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Zodiac but was also behind the Netflix-original House of Cards. Fincher has promised to return the show to what he sees as its original artistic intent: a dark, brooding show about a man teetering on the edge of brutal violence.
“What people tend to forget about Full House is that the this show starts out with a man who has just lost his wife. He’s out of his depth, he’s mourning the love of his life, and he is surrounded by the children who constantly remind him of that loss. And instead of coping with that pain, learning to deal with the wounds her death left on him, he props his life up with his enabling brothers. He brings them into his house because he is incapable of taking care of his own children. Throughout the original run we see bits of this- as Danny becomes obsessed with cleanliness; he’s trying to bring order to a chaotic world that he otherwise just cannot cope with.”
Fincher went on to explain that he has always been drawn to characters like Danny. Men who watch their world crumble around them and try to force their own image onto the world instead of dealing with it. “I think to anyone watching Full House with open eyes, they can see that Danny’s obsession with cleanliness really is an obsession, and that it is probably the only thing that is keeping him from giving free reign to the violent impulses just below the surface. The separation between a character like Danny Tanner and a Norman Bates or Amy Dunne [the murderous lead of Fincher’s own Gone Girl] is not that great. Danny just has his method of repressing the urges. Well in this continuation of Full House, we’re going to see what happens when Danny loses that.”
Netflix has not yet scheduled a release date for the new series.