What’s happening with NBC’s The Munsters reboot?

News Louisa Mellor 11 Oct 2012 - 08:35

NBC is said to be unhappy with $10 million The Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane, which may be for the chop…

Two years in development and with a sizeable $10 million price tag, NBC’s Mockingbird Lane would be a pricy venture to shut down and chalk up to experience, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s the fate it’s up against.

Starring Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Arrested Development’s Portia de Rossi as wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as the family’s vamp Grandpa, Mockingbird Lane isn’t a low-profile remake of the sixties comedy by anyone’s standards, but it’s one that faces being scrapped if reports are to be believed.

Disagreements about the visual style of the pilot - whether Mockingbird Lane should have a real-world or heightened, fantasy feel - have scuppered progress on the remake, as have differing opinions between producer Bryan Fuller (Star Trek: Voyager, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies) and pilot director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men), in addition to NBC’s change in chairman during the past two years.

Recently ordered reshoots didn’t solve the show’s problems, and with Mockingbird Lane’s writer-producer Fuller occupied with NBC’s The Silence Of The Lambs project Hannibal, The Munsters reboot is drifting in TV limbo. Possible futures for the pilot include airing as a Halloween special, or being repackaged as a TV movie for overseas markets.   

The Hollywood Reporter

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Sounds dreadful. The Munsters weren't even that great first time around.

I guess the Addams Family rights are still tied up in legalese then.


The original "Munsters" was okay, I preferred season 2... but it was a faddish show that could only do so much... and the proof that the original color pilot proved the show did better in color speaks volumes...

The late-80s revival... I'm amazed at the quality of actors who signed up - they're all great, but the dialogue they had to put out was horrible. Worse, the sets were the garish and nauseating magenta and teal that defined the late-80 so well (irony is cool)... and it too is a sunglasses-donning reminder that the show works better in black and white. Not color. And certainly not trendy tacky late-80s palettes. Yuck!

As usual, someone thinks an old brand name can be dug out of its grave, given a modern "twist", and people will flock to it... oh, they will... for 2 episodes because of brand recognition... and then forget about it...

Jerry McConnell -- he was great in "Sliders", and why he chose to be in the awful "Tomcats" and "Joe's Apartment" movies I have no idea... I only saw the advert for the former, and sat through the latter in the theater and can't remember a thing about it... which is probably for the best...

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