25 years ago, the world was introduced to a group of unemployed steelworkers. As a way to earn money to support their families, these men decided to become amateur strippers. The Full Monty was a hilarious look at the lengths people will go to for the ones they love. The movie starred Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Wim Snape, Steve Huison, Paul Barber, and Hugo Speer.
The original film was distributed by Fox Searchlight. Fox Searchlight is now owned by Disney since Disney purchased 20th Century Fox in 2019. Since then, Disney has released and is developing a number of films and television shows that Fox owned the rights to — including the West Side Story remake.
The Full Monty was a smash hit, and now Disney is sharing that they have a special limited series in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Almost 25 years after it became a global box office smash, Brit comedy The Full Monty — about a group of unemployed steelworkers turned amateur strippers — is officially returning as a TV series.
Developed by Searchlight and FX and now shooting in the U.K., the eight-episode limited series will premiere on Disney+ globally, Star+ in Latin America and Hulu in the U.S.
As well as reuniting the original’s Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and producer Uberto Pasolini (Nowhere Special), the series will see the return of the film’s lead cast, including Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, Once Upon a Time) as Gaz, Mark Addy (Game of Thrones, A Knight’s Tale) as Dave, Lesley Sharp (Before We Die, Scott and Bailey) as Jean, Hugo Speer (Britannia, Shadow and Bone) as Guy, Paul Barber (The Dumping Ground, Gloves Off) as Horse, Steve Huison (The Royle Family, The Navigators) as Lomper, Wim Snape (The Beaker Girls, Gentleman Jack) as Nathan and Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Michael Clayton) as Gerald. The show will also introduce a whole new cast of children and grandchildren of the returning characters.
The small-screen return will follow the original band of brothers as they navigate the post-industrial city of Sheffield and society’s crumbling health care, education and employment sectors. The series will explore the brighter, sillier and more humane way forward where communal effort can still triumph over adversity. Whether there’ll be any stripping involved, Disney+ hasn’t confirmed.
Disney has not given a release date for the new streaming series, but has shared that filming has started. The Full Monty series is being filmed in England in both Manchester and Sheffield. The film’s original screenwriter, who has returned to write the series, said that the cast was “chuffed to bits” to be reunited for the series. They had a great time making the original movie and are looking forward to creating a truly memorable series.