Here’s some news as surprising as the $250M worldwide gross that The Full Monty managed to dance its way towards in 1997; a Disney+ spin-off starring the original cast began filming in Sheffield today.
The series will pick up 25 years after those hats were tossed in the air, with Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting), Mark Addy (Game of Thrones), Lesley Sharp (Naked), Hugo Speer (Britannia), Paul Barber (The Dumping Ground), Steve Huison (The Royle Family), Wim Snape (Gentleman Jack) and Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins) returning to the stage.
Co-commissioned by Disney Plus and FX, the series is created, written and executive produced by Oscar winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, and will follow the original cast as they navigate the post-industrial city of Sheffield and society’s crumbling healthcare, education and employment sectors and explore how communal effort can still triumph over adversity.
Beaufoy said of the news, “We’re 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 twenty-five years on.”
Released in 1997, The Full Monty made $84M in the UK alone, before its unique charm saw it conquer the world on its way to four Academy Award nominations – Best Picture, Best Director for Peter Cattaneo, Best Original Score and Best Original Screenplay – as well as musical and stage adaptations.
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