Rumors of a Fawlty Towers reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Thursday (January 21) as reports claimed that BBC Two confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2022.
UPDATE 22/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 45 years since Fawlty Towers first aired?! (45 years, 4 months, 3 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Fawlty Towers end?
When Fawlty Towers came to an end after 5 years in October 1979, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Manuel (Andrew Sachs), Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) and Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Fawlty Towers without Manuel?
After the tragic passing of Andrew Sachs in 2016 how are the writers going to handle the absence of Manuel. It seems pretty hard to imagine. “The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass,” a source close to the production says.
Would a Fawlty Towers reunion disappoint people?
Fawlty Towers aired from 1975-1979 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Cleese said he's not sure if Fawlty Towers would work today. “I don't want to see old Basil Fawlty,” he told a journalist (Cleese turned 81 in October). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a Fawlty Towers movie?
In a recent interview, John Cleese said he can't imagine a Fawlty Towers reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Prunella Scales has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Fawlty Towers movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
What about a Fawlty Towers reboot?
Recasting Fawlty Towers for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Fawlty Towers reunion, a Fawlty Towers movie, or a Fawlty Towers reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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