Hey, if The Karate Kid can stage a successful reunion television series – Netflix’s insanely popular Cobra Kai – who’s to say that The Full Monty can’t follow suit by doing the same?
News from our Child’s Play and Evil Dead fanatics over at The Hollywood Reporter has it that the 1997 Peter Cattaneo hit film The Full Monty will be reuniting the original cast for a continuation of their story in the new Disney+ eight-episode miniseries. In the U.S. fans can expect to catch the reunion series via streaming platform Hulu.
For those that might have missed out on the ’97 film, The Full Monty is a story about a group of unemployed middle-aged men who are desperate to make money, so much so that they form their very own male strip-tease show. Think of it as a more relatable version of Magic Mike and you might get an idea about the mileage for this comic gem, which is always sweet (sometimes bitterly so) and served proportionately with a nice dollop of love and care.
The Full Monty reunion series (at press time, the series is sans an official title) is being brought to fans courtesy of Searchlight and FX and is filming at this very moment in the United Kingdom. Broken into an eight-part series, the new show will make its debut worldwide via Disney+, with Star+ picking up those honors in Latin America and Hulu handling the United States.
Just about everyone is returning for this stroll down Amnesia Lane: Original Oscar-winning scribe Simon Beaufoy and the film’s producer Uberto Pasolini and the lead cast itself in the form of Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Lesley Sharp, Hugo Speer, Paul Barber, Steve Huison, Wim Snape and Tom Wilkinson.
So where can the new series possibly go that the film didn’t? Look for a secondary cast peppered with children and grandchildren of the original cast to make their presence known story-wise. Also on the dance card for these stouthearted men will be dealing with issues ranging from shoddy health care to education.
In a press release announcing the television sequel to the popular film, screenwriter Beaufoy said that the cast and crew were “chuffed to bits to get all the Monty Men back together again – now with a chaotic entourage of children, grandchildren, pets and assorted hangers-on – to see what life in Sheffield is like 25 years on.”
Production is currently happening on the series right now in Sheffield and Manchester; Keep your peeper’s peeled to Vents for all news concerning The Full Monty reunion series!