It was only a couple months ago that hype was surrounding the NBC pilot for “Mockingbird Lane,” a reboot of the 1960‘s sitcom “The Munsters.” Despite the big names and set photos attached to the pilot, rumors started swirling Monday that the Bryan Fuller project is not going to series.
Deadline.com reported on Monday that while no final decision has been made, they “heard” that NBC is more than likely going to pass on “Mockingbird Lane.”
The reboot has reportedly been in the mix for quite some time now. In November 2011, a pilot was ordered for the project. This past June, Fuller’s project appeared to be coming to life. Landing Bryan Singer as a director, “Mockingbird Lane” cast Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.
Fuller, who also created the 2007 - 2009 series “Pushing Daisies” and the upcoming “Hannibal,” is denying the claims from Deadline that “Mockingbird Lane” is going to be passed on. On Monday, the writer/producer used Twitter to dispel rumors of a quick death for “The Munsters” reboot.
“NBC just informed me the Deadline article regarding #MockingbirdLane was Dead Wrong,” Fuller tweeted. “Stay tuned for updates!”
The show has made a lot of changes since the show was first pitched. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Mockingbird Lane" was initially designed to revolve around young Eddie “as he learned of his werewolf tendencies,” eventually it was reworked to be from Herman’s point of view. But while supernatural dramas might be taking off, Fuller made sure to enforce the idea that his reboot will be more about family drama (although he planned to tie in some famous monsters like the creature from the Black Lagoon).
“This is about embracing the freak of your family and being proud,” Fuller explained in July, listing that the concept would be something like Hitchcock meets Harry Potter meets Tim Burton.
While fans hoping for “The Munsters” reboot will stay tuned to Fuller for more updates on “Mockingbird Lane,” they can at least find comfort that Fuller’s “Hannibal” project will see the light of day. Starring Hugh Dancy, Deadline reports that “Hannibal” already has a 13-episode midseason order.
Amanda Remling studied journalism at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
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