It’s with a degree of disappoint that the news came this week that NBC was abandoning Mockingbird Lane, a modern re-imagining of The Munsters from writer Bryan Fuller and director Bryan Singer, in favor of burning off the pilot as a Halloween special. Of course, that’s better treatment than Wonder Woman got a couple of years ago, but still, what could be so horrible about the finished Mockingbird Lane project that NBC wants to air it out and bury it fast?
The answer may shock you, and can be determined for yourself after the jump: (more…)
So Deadline is reporting that Bryan Fuller‘s Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane is being met with resounding indifference by NBC and is not looking good for going to series sometime later this season.
So that’s the end of that, right?
Not so fast, says Fuller himself. He had this to say on his Twitter feed soon after the “news” broke:
NBC just informed me the Deadline article regarding #MockingbirdLane was Dead Wrong. Stay tuned for updates!
“Dead Wrong.” That sounds promising.
As you’ll recall, Mockingbird Lane is one of two high profile projects that Fuller is working for NBC, the other is Hannibal, a prequel series of sorts about the pre-jail days of Hannibal Lector.
Mockingbird Lane stars Jerry O’Connell as Frankenstein Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his vampire wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as father-in-law Grandpa. Based on the classic 60s sitcom The Munsters, the updated Mockingbird Lane promises to be a cross between True Blood and Modern Family in terms of style.
Still, one wonders what might be going on behind the scenes at the show. What is the source of Deadline’s intel, and is there really any cause for concern on the set of the show? Interesting times. We’ll keep you posted with developments.
NBC has released its first character image from the Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane, one of the series in development for midseason being supervised by Bryan Fuller. The below image is of the Munsters so-called “normal” relative, Marilyn, who is now being played by English actress Charity Wakefield.
Check out the image below:
Shooting began today on the project, which comes quick on the heels of the announcement that Portia de Rossi had been cast as Lily Munster. Wakefield and de Rossi joins Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Fuller is writing and directing the pilot, which will premiere sometime on NBC in 2013.
We’ll have more info as it comes in.
Source: Coming Soon
Jerry O’Connell has a new address: 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
CBS’ legal drama The Defenders was canceled after one season leaving Jerry free to don the big boots and stick bolts into his neck for the role of Herman Munster in NBC’s Munsters reboot titled Mockingbird Lane.
The actor will play the father of the family of monsters, who was originally played by Fred Gwynne. In the reboot, Herman — much like in the original — has his father in-law, Grandpa Munster, living in the basement of the family home. Who better to reprise the role of Grandpa Munster, that Al Lewis played so well, than Eddie Izzard. Eddie should easily play the powerful and quick-witted elderly vampire.
Mason Cook will play Herman and Lily’s werewolf son, Eddie. Bryan Singer will executive produce and direct the pilot.
This newer version is said to be an edgier and slightly darker take exploring origins of Herman and Lily Munster (originally played by Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo) and how they arrived at the famed 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.
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