‘Mr. Monk’s Final Case: A Monk Film’ Is the Nostalgic Reunion We Want


Did it take any convincing so that you can come again?

Not for me. I used to be thrilled to get the telephone name. That is the best creation of my skilled life. It actually was like getting a band again collectively—a band that loved making music and touring for seven years—after which getting again within the storage and selecting up their devices once more.

Had there been another makes an attempt to revive it previously?

When the present first ended, I pitched a special film. That is now going again 12 or 13 years. It was simply not the fitting time: it was costly, the community was going by way of some adjustments, and the timing wasn’t proper. However these items all occur for a motive. You do not perceive them in the meanwhile. However trying again, after all, I am grateful that we waited and I am grateful that we’re doing it now.

Do you bear in mind what the plot was speculated to be?

It was referred to as Mr. Monk For Mayor. And for Adrian Monk to unravel a case, he needed to run for mayor of San Francisco and get elected as a result of, for some motive which I can not bear in mind, solely the mayor had entry to sure info. The enjoyable of that film was he is so healthful and sincere that the city actually did rally round him. Additionally, I believe a city actually would rally round him. He had solved 120 excessive profile homicides.

What was the calculus of doing a film versus reviving it as a sequence? We’ve seen a couple of reveals come again now—Frasier simply did, as an illustration—so was there ever any talks about attempting extra Monk episodes?

No, we all the time talked about it as a characteristic movie, as a result of we wished to justify coming again. We wished to make it larger than simply “episode 126” would’ve been. We wished to make it really feel large and make the stakes excessive and spend some cash on manufacturing values. If we have been going to come back again after 13 or 14 years, we wished to do it proper.

And you probably did get just about everybody within the unique forged to come back again. How’d you handle that?

Nicely, I used to be so flattered as a result of all of them agreed to come back again earlier than they learn the script. So that they gave me the advantage of the doubt. I hope they nonetheless really feel that was a smart move, however everybody was so enthusiastic. It was such an necessary a part of all our lives and the truth that Randy [Zisk] simply was going to be directing it and David Hoberman was going to be producing it and it was going to be NBC once more, the artistic crew was all in place, which I believe made everybody very comfy.


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