Disney+ is about to get into stripping, no, really. Well, maybe that is a bit of a stretch, but they are going to be creating a limited series based on a beloved 90s comedy that deals with men turning to a life of stripping to make ends meet. That’s right, The Full Monty. What was once an underground and classic comedy from 1997, will now see the limited series treatment for the family-friendly streaming platform. This eight-part limited series will also bring back most of the original cast including Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, and Lesley Sharp.
It’s a bit strange that a rated R movie is going to be made into a series for Disney+, however, the streamer did just update all the parental controls and gave a mature content warning. This was due to bringing over the Marvel Netflix shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. It seems Disney+ is now starting to see the value of bringing over adult content to its services. Though the Pixar films and such are likely a huge hit for children, now there needs to be a bit more added for the adults. What better way than bringing over the BAFTA-winning British comedy, The Full Monty. The original series followed a group of men from Sheffield, who are unemployed and attempting to find a way to earn money. Most of them are out-of-work steelworkers. They turn to strip for the women in the area as they ask for the men to go nude (The Full Monty). The new series is set to follow the men as they introduce their children and grandchildren. The men are still in Sheffield as they deal with its crumbling healthcare system, education, and employment sectors, as they explore ways of triumphing through adversity.
The original film was a massive success after it garnered a $258 million box office grab on a $3.5 million budget. The Full Monty won several awards including the BAFTA award for Best Picture and was nominated at the Academy Awards for the same category among many others. The classic comedy was one of the best in the 90s, and now Disney+ is set to return to these classic characters’ stories. Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the original film and Slumdog Millionaire, is reuniting with the original producer, Uberto Pasolini. The pair will take on the series together once again, with most of the original cast returning.
The Full Monty series will be aired globally on Disney+, Star+ in Latin America, and Hulu in the US. While there is no official release date yet, the new Disney+ series will likely start shooting sometime this year, leaving everyone to see the new series in early 2023. Though the film was rated R, it was quite charming in its delivery to show that people can band together to show a bigger sense of community. The film had been turned into a stage show in 2000 and a play in 2013, but there have been no further adaptations. This will be the first time that the men from Sheffield will be together since 1997.