NBC Are Looking To Reboot ‘The Munsters’
In another story from the files of “Hollywood is out of original ideas”, we bring you news that NBC has a reboot of ‘The Munsters’ in the works!
For those of you unfamiliar with the original series (it aired between 1964-1966, so you can be forgiven if you don’t know it), the show was a parody of classic 60’s monster movies, which saw a family made up of classic movie monsters living in Mockingbird Heights, a fictional suburb in California. The family consisted of Herman Munster, based on the classic Frankenstein’s monster, his wife Lily was descended from Grandpa (aka Count Dracula), and their child, Wolf-boy Eddie Munster. Also living with them was the relatively normal Marilyn, daughter of Lily’s sister.
This new version switches from West Coast America to the East, placing the offbeat Munster clan in the trendy Brooklyn area of NYC, as a family determined to stay true to themselves but struggling to fit in with their hipster neighbours.
The revamp comes from Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions, the production company of ‘Late Night’ host Seth Meyers & Mike Shoemaker, and is being written by Jill Kargman (‘Odd Mom Out’).
This isn’t the first time NBC has tried to revive the series. They initially tried in 1981 to bring the show back with the original cast in 1981 tv movie ‘The Munsters’ Revenge’, but it failed to develop into a series. Next, they produced ‘The Munsters Today’ with a new cast from 1988-1991, which actually ended up running longer than the original. A third attempt was made in 2012 with Bryan Fuller (‘Pushing Daisies’, ‘American Gods’) behind the camera called ‘Mockingbird Lane’. This saw Jerry O’Connell take the role of Herman, Portia de Rossi as Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. It aired as a tv special around Halloween 2012, but failed to make it into a full series.
As this is still in development at the moment, there’s no air date, or guarantee it will actually make it to air. We’ll let you know more on ‘The Munsters’ reboot when we have it.