Disney is reportedly working on the green light for a second season of a streaming series about a group of male strippers, despite the content matter, the first season’s failures, and the fact that the striptease series would stream alongside Disney’s most beloved children’s offerings.
The Disney name has long been synonymous with family entertainment, but following the rollout of the Disney+ streaming service in November 2019, The Walt Disney Company seems to have an increased interest in more mature content, opting to fill its streaming catalogs with television series and films that center around adult themes and include more adult-oriented and mature content and topics. The streamer even includes some R-rated content.
Now Disney is reportedly considering a second season of a series based on a 1997 film about a group of former steelworkers who become strippers in order to make money, even though the first series of the season, which aired on Hulu, was bashed by critics.
Inspired by a British Film from 1997
The original 1997 British film stars Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, and Hugo Speer. Set in Sheffield in the North of England in the 1990s, the film follows the story of six men who are out of work. Four of the men are former steel workers, and all of them decide to form a striptease act in an effort to garner income and to help one of their own, Gaz, be able to see his son.
The original film is a comedy, but it touches on hot-button topics like fathers’ rights, depression, body image, suicide, unemployment, and LGBTQ issues. The film grossed more than $250 million on a production budget of just $3.5 million. Upon its release, it became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom–until the release of James Cameron’s Titanic (1997).
Because of the film’s success, Disney+ via Searchlight Pictures created a follow-up series that sees the six men reunited after more than 25 years and stars the original cast from the film. Season 1 of the television series debuted on FX on Hulu in the U.S. and on Disney+ in the U.K. on June 14, 2023, and included eight episodes. It’s likely that the series didn’t appear on Disney+ in the U.S. because of the content matter of the show.
The Series Seems to Fall Short
Fans who loved the 1997 film were excited about the new series, but after seeing the first eight episodes, many felt that the series didn’t do the British film any justice, saying that it fell short of the original film by which it was inspired.
Now, however, an insider with information about the series, Disney+, and Hulu says that Disney seems to think there’s still hope for the series, and as such, the show’s creators are reportedly looking into how they might change up the current format of the show in order to bring it back for a second season, even though the first season was considered a “flop” by critics.
“It looks like Disney+ is considering the go-ahead on a second series of The Full Monty, says the insider. “Talks are ongoing about whether it will make it, but everyone felt there was so much promise behind revisiting the story, and a few tweaks could make a second series land better. Discussions are underway, with some influential people behind the scenes trying their best to make it happen.”
It’s an interesting turn of events on Disney’s part, as actor Robert Carlyle, the star of The Full Monty, recently said that the BBC had no interest in a reboot. Almost immediately after the revelation, Disney+ threw its hat in the proverbial ring for a shot at developing a reboot.
According to The Sun, however, the six steel workers-turned-strippers spend more of their time tackling political issues associated with “a crumbling healthcare system, education, unemployment, and crime” than they do deciding how much of their clothing to keep on and remove in the television series.
Though the mature series debuted on Hulu in the U.S. and not on Disney+, the upcoming merger of the two streaming services could mean that episodes of Season 1 (and perhaps a second season of episodes) could be accessible to subscribers on the same platform where fans stream Disney favorites like Cinderella (1950), Sleeping Beauty (1959), and the children’s program Bluey.
There has been no confirmation from Disney about a green light on a second season of The Full Monty, and since critics saw the series as lackluster and fans of the original film were disappointed, it’s entirely possible that Disney could ultimately scrap plans to continue the series. Only time will tell.