The beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers is coming back, and original star and Monty Python alum John Cleese is set to return! If you’re a fan of the original series, you’ll want to read this post to learn all the details of the new reboot.
Created by John Cleese and Connie Booth, Fawlty Towers was a two-season sitcom about the misanthropic hotel owner Basil Fawlty and his various escapades while running an English seaside inn filled with oddball employees and strange guests. Now, Castle Rock Entertainment, operated by film director and writer Rob Reiner, is bringing the show back for a modern reboot.
John Cleese and his daughter Camilla Cleese will both write and star in the reboot, with Basil still running Fawlty Towers. In a press release, show creator John Cleese said, “When we first met, [producer Matthew George] offered an excellent first idea, and then he and my daughter Camilla had one of the best creative sessions I can remember.” He added that they “look forward to expanding it into a series.”
The original Fawlty Towers had a limited run, lasting only 12 episodes across two seasons, but it’s still wildly regarded as one of the great comedy shows from the BBC library. The reboot will maintain many of its connections to the original series, so fans of the show will be sure to recognize some of the same characters and settings.
In addition to the Fawlty Towers reboot, Castle Rock Entertainment is also working on a follow up to the popular This is Spinal Tap, which Rob Reiner will also work on. So, fans of John Cleese and classic British comedy should keep their eyes peeled for more news about these exciting new projects!