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.
I said it before and I’ll say it again – I am super-pleased with the upcoming Munsters remake, Mockingbird Lane. I try to keep up with all the news to see how it’s going, but it looks like this time Screenrant was a little savvier than I was. They managed to secure some new pictures of the sets and cast that give a little more insight into what the new series will look like.
The new cast.
More of the new cast.
Building 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
Charity Wakefield, AKA Marilyn Munster.
Eddie Izzard, AKA Grandpa.
Being headed by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me), the new series will follow the Munsters characters down a darker path and explore a little more of the realities of how being a member of an outcast monster family might play out. Cast currently consists of Jerry O’Connell as Herman, Portia de Rossi as Lily, Mason Cook as Eddie, Charity Wakefield as Marilyn and Eddie Izzard as GrandpaMunster.
When asked about it, Fuller had this to say about his new creation:
The Munsters actually do what monsters do. They eat people and they have to live with the ramifications of being monstrous. It’s like grounding it in a reality because the half-hour was a sitcom, we saw the monsters: they were monsters on the outside and weren’t monsters on the inside. For us, they’re monsters outside and inside, and we get to double our story.
Everything is a metaphor for something that you can identify with in a relationship. The fact that Herman is in a constant state of decay and he’s married to someone who doesn’t age. We get to play with all those insecurities. The fact that he was made by his father-in-law and then has to live up to those standards; he’s always trying to find his own identity.
Mockingbird Lane will be visiting television sets on NBC starting “sometime” next year.
Thanks to screenrant for the heads-up.
It’s news that hits everyone differently – that of the potentially dreaded reboot. This time around it happens to be an old television series by the name of The Munsters. If you haven’t ever seen The Munsters (shame on you!), the story revolves around a rather ‘unconventional’ family of movie-monster stereotypes trying to live out their lives as normal folks. The new series, titled Mockingbird Lane, is being put together by the dream-team of Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer and will bring a darker and more serious edge to the old campy classic.
Fuller had a panel this year at San Diego Comic-Con and took the opportunity to tease his audience with four minutes of footage from Mockingbird Lane. The first bit ran through young Eddie Munster having a werewolf attack in the middle of his cub scout group. It then proceeded into a collage of bits-and-pieces, mostly concerning black sheep of the family, Marilyn Munster and the lovable mad genius, Grandpa Munster.
After making sure everyone’s undies were properly watered, Fuller went on to talk a bit about his own love of the original series and how he wanted to bring it back, but in a way that takes the unique family dynamics of the show in a whole new direction. The new show will offer up a more adult-oriented experience as opposed to the family-friendly style of the original, as well as presenting more character development. Fuller also promises to keep much of the classic goofy Munster fun that fans of the original have come to expect.
Personally, I am super-jazzed about this new show. I used to spam The Munsters every Saturday afternoon when I was a kid and am eager to see what Bryan and Bryan have to offer. I am confident that I and other loyal Munsters fans will not be disappointed.
Anyone else looking forward to Mockingbird Lane, or am I the only one out there old enough to remember the Munsters with happy feelings?
Thanks to bleedingcool for the info.
I like to view my Munsters through tiny holes.
In the latest “Does this really need to happen?” news installment, the 1960s sitcom “The Munsters” will be remade for the modern era. Cue the fire blast from Spot the dragon and the eye rolling from moi.
Don’t burn me at the stake just yet – I’m not actually hating on “The Munsters.” The scripts were kitschy, the sets were detailed and gorgeous, and the Herman Munster and the other characters had way more depth than that other creepy family down the road. I’m just tired of series, toys and movies getting reboot after reboot. Knock it off, Hollywood!
But who knows? Maybe this Munsters-spawn will work. It’s been done before to questionable success in the 1980s, but maybe this Bryan Fuller producer guy can make people care about haunted houses and spooky families again. I guess his track record is pretty solid, if you count “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies” as solid.
Oh, who am I kidding? I love all of those shows, so Fuller will work some mojo, and I’ll probably end up eating Fruity Pebbles in front of the “New-New Munsters Today In Pieholeland” every week.