It’s one of the classic British films of the 90s, and now it’s getting a brand new series 25 years later: The Full Monty became a breakout hit on release in 1997, and secured its place in British pop culture with its lovable cast, portrayal of working class England and fun concept.
Disney accquired the rights to the film when it bought up 20th Century Fox, and now they’ve managed to reunite the cast and crew of the original to produce a follow up exclusive to their platform, continuing the story of Gaz, Dave, Lomper, Gerald, Horse and Guy.
The original cast of the film will be returning for this new revival series, including Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Lesley Sharp, Hugo Speer, Paul Barber, Steve Huison and Wim Snape, alongside new characters related to the original characters. The film was set in contemporary 90s Sheffield, with the ‘Monty Men’ being former steelworkers who decided to create a strip act after losing their jobs. The new series has begun filming in Manchester, and will also film in Sheffield as production moves forward.
There was a point in time where it seemed like loads of classic British films were getting sequels years later with older casts, so The Full Monty’s eight part new streaming series is something of a break from that mould. Eight episodes compared to a 90 minute film seems like a pretty big difference, but the creators have assured that it allows deeper exploration of the characters and issues affecting them, like healthcare, education and unemployment.
And, given how much talk there’s been in recent years of a lot of our media and entertainment being London centric, a series set in modern 2020s Sheffield will feel like a breath of fresh air. The Monty cast now (in the show) have children and grandchildren, adding new dynamics and areas to explore. Speaking on the new show, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy said “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 25 years on.”
Producer Lee Mason added “We’re delighted to reunite the original cast for this brand-new series on Disney Plus to catch up with these iconic characters and what they’ve been up to since we last saw them on stage in all their glory, and we can’t wait to introduce a host of exciting new faces and characters.” There’s no release date set yet for the Full Monty’s return to our screens, but given filming recently got underway, it’s possible that the series may debut late this year- but it’s more likely our return to Sheffield won’t be until 2023. In the mean time, you can watch the original film on Disney+ here.