A sequel to “The Monk” has been ordered at Peacock
Tony Shalhoub and the USA Network series’ original creative team return for the revival film.
Peacock loves a good TV series revived as a movie. USA Network favorite “Monk” is the latest legacy show to get this treatment, with a new sequel, “Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie” was ordered from the streamer.
The film sees Tony Shalhoub return to the title role of San Francisco police detective Adrian Monk, who won three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series during the original run. Series creator Andy Breckman is writing the script for the streaming film; It will be directed by Randy Zisk, who also directed 35 episodes during the series.
According to the film’s diary, Monk returns “to solve one last, very personal case involving his beloved stepdaughter Molly, a journalist preparing for her wedding. In the original show, Molly (played by Alona Tal) didn’t appear until the final episode, after Monk had spent eight seasons solving the mystery of his wife’s death.
Reuniting with Shalhoub are most of the show’s main and supporting cast, including Ted Levine as Monk’s boss Leland Stottlemeyer, Lt. Jason Gray-Stanford Randy Disher, Monk’s assistant Traylor Howard, Natalie Teeger, Melora Hardin as the deceased Trudy Monk, and Héctor. Elizondo as Monk’s psychiatrist, Neven Bell. The only major character not confirmed to return is Bitty Schram, whose character Sharona Fleming was written out in the show’s third season.
“Monk” premiered in the US in 2002 and ran for 125 episodes until 2009. A blend of police procedural drama and comedy, the series focuses on the titular detective, a brilliant mind struggling with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder and a laundry list of phobias. after the death of his wife.
Peacock has also ordered a highly anticipated movie spinoff of the NBC sitcom “Community,” which reunites most of the show’s original cast (with a few exceptions). The streamer also released two movies in 2020 and 2021 based on the “Monk’s USA Network” sibling series “Psych.”
Shalhoub is executive producing “Monk” with Breckman, Zisk and David Hoberman. UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, is producing the film for Peacock.
Peacock ended 2022 with over 20 million paid subscribers. It celebrated the milestone by removing the free tier for new users.
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