Monk Movie Writer Has a Great Idea for a Sequel…but Hasn’t Told Tony Shalhoub Yet



  • Writer Andy Breckman has a sequel idea for a Monk movie but hasn’t told Tony Shalhoub, or his wife, yet.
  • Both Breckman and Shalhoub’s wives didn’t want them involved in “Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie.”
  • The possibility of a sequel will depend on how fans react, with both agreeing that the character should maintain his misery and fear.

In an exclusive chat with MovieWeb, the writer behind Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie, Andy Breckman, revealed that he has a great idea for a sequel…but he hasn’t told Tony Shalhoub about it yet. Both Breckman and Shalhoub were asked what they would like to see should Monk return for another feature-length adventure (despite the movie being called Mr. Monk’s Last Case), with the writer revealing that he will have to get approval from his wife first.

“Well I do [have thoughts]. When you’re a writer you can’t turn that part of your brain off, and I have been thinking about where we might be able to go. I’m very excited about it but I haven’t told anyone about it, not Tony and certainly not my wife after that pitching experience [for Mr. Monk’s Last Case, which their wives didn’t want them to make].”

In fact, it seems that the wives of both Breckman and Tony Shalhoub will need to be consulted as neither wanted them involved in Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie. Shalhoub added with a laugh…

“Whatever you do, don’t tell my wife.”

Breckman, though, hopes the door will be left open for more cases for Monk following the release of the movie. And it all depends on how fans react.

“So I do know where I’d like to take it. We’ll have to see how this all plays out so far. People have been very enthusiastic and very positive. And I hope that door is open in the future.”

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What Would Tony Shalhoub Like to See in a Monk Sequel?


We asked Tony Shalhoub what he’d like to see Monk experience that the character hasn’t already should a sequel to Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie ever go ahead.

“I don’t know. That’s a good question. The writers put Monk through the wringer so many different ways, and to great effect and great results.”

Breckman even suggested that readers send him some suggestions about how to further punish the poor, put-upon Monk.

“If any of your readers or listeners have any ideas, please forward them to us.”

Ultimately, while Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie ends with the detective in a “more hopeful spot,” but both agreed that a sequel would need to bring the character back down again, as that’s where he is strongest.

“I mean, I don’t know, the challenge with this character is that he’s in, as we find out at the end of this movie, he gets to a more hopeful spot. But we don’t want to get this character in too positive mindset. You know, his strength is in his misery and his loneliness and his fear and his depression. So, he can feel good, but not for too long.”

Based on the Emmy Award-winning, critically acclaimed series, Monk, Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie finds the former detective returning to solve one last, very personal case involving his beloved stepdaughter Molly, a journalist preparing for her wedding.

Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie is now available to stream on Peacock. You can check out the trailer below:

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