Basil Fawlty is back. A reboot of John Cleese’s British comedy sensation Defective tower Work is underway and Rob Reiner’s Castle Rock Entertainment is developing.
As the second and final season draws to a close more than 40 years later, Monty Python The star is set to write and star alongside Cleese’s daughter Camilla Cleese, in news that will delight a generation of British comedy fans.
The new series will explore how Cleese’s over-the-top, cynical and savage Basil Fawlty navigates the modern world. Plot details have largely been kept under wraps but Vikas will bring the story forward to explore Basil’s relationship with a daughter he has just discovered, as the pair tempt fate and team up to run a boutique hotel.
Reiner, Michelle Reiner, Derrick Rossi and Matthew George executive produce with Clissi Reiner joining Castle Rock.
John Cleese praised George’s “understanding of the ‘creative process'” and described their first meeting as “one of the best creative sessions I can remember”.
Rob Reiner added: “John Cleese is a comedy legend. Just the idea of working with him makes me smile,” while George described meeting John and Camilla Cleese as “one of the great thrills of my life”.
Castle Rock is currently working on another sequel to a much-loved British classic, This is spinal tap, With a 2017 sequel Wind River: The Next Chapter.
Although it only ran for two six-episode seasons, ending in 1979, Defective tower Number one on numerous Greatest British Comedies of All Time lists.
Written by Cleese and Connie Booth, the show followed hapless hotel manager Fawlty and a hilarious cast of characters that included legendary Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs), Cleese’s boss’s wife Sybil (Prunella Scales) and their chambermaid Polly, played by Booth.
The idea came from Cleese’s stay at a hotel in an English seaside town and the show came to define the ‘Middle England’ genre.
Defective tower Currently broadcast on BBC Two and available to stream on Britbox.
Cleese, whose credits include Monty Python, a fish named Wanda And Shrek, has become a culture warrior in recent years. He recently slammed the BBC for failing to show repeats Monty Python, a claim that was deferred He is making a documentary about Channel 4’s scrapping of culture and plans to host a show for right-leaning UK network GB News that will champion free speech.
Cleese is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Camilla Klees is replaced by Weintraub Tobin Chediac Coleman Grodin.