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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Munsters" to return as "Mockingbird Lane"; Warning reimagined for the "Twilight" generation

NBC's Munsters Reboot Gets New Title

As if to further drive home the point that its “imaginative reinvention” of The Munsters will bear little resemblance to the classic ’60s version, NBC is giving the reboot a new moniker.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the title of the pilot — which is being stewarded by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men auteur Bryan Singer — has been changed from The Munsters to Mockingbird Lane.

Bryan Singer is close to a deal to direct and executive produce the new one-hour The Munsters series on NBC under the title "Mockingbird Lane", which got a pilot order a couple of weeks ago (see “’Munsters Pilot Revived’”), according to Hollywood Reporter.  Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) is also exec producing, and writing the script for the pilot.
 The new handle is, of course, a nod to the family’s iconic Victorian abode, which is situated at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

The project is currently in the casting stage, so there’s still time for Fuller/Singer/NBC to consult our dream picks for Herman, Lily and the rest of the creepy brood.

What do you think of the new title? Smart idea? Bad idea? Sound off in the comments!

From Variety:

"Reboots never fall too far out of favor because relying on so-called pre-sold titles makes for high awareness levels among consumers in the cluttered fall season.

Scripts under consideration for the 2012-13 season were filled with reimaginations of well-known titles of yore, from the potential CBS project based on "Bewitched" to serializations of more modern filmic properties including "Source Code" (CBS) and "The Lincoln Lawyer" (ABC).

NBC is no exception to the trend. Besides "Munsters," the Peacock is mulling a revival of the 1967 cult classic "Valley of the Dolls" from Chernin Entertainment and the 1984 Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner vehicle "Romancing the Stone."

Fuller has shown a penchant for reviving known quantities elsewhere. NBC has also already picked up his drama pilot "Hannibal," based on the Hannibal Lector character, from Universal TV and Gaumont Intl. On the feature side, he has "Pinocchio" in development with Dan Jinks at Warner Bros.

1 comment:

WiseFather said...

So they are remaking The Munsters now? It has been shown that TV show remakes usually fail, so how about using just a tiny bit more creativity and try crossover remakes that would combine two or more old shows? I give a list of amusing or horrifying suggestions in a post at Enjoy!