In case you haven’t heard classic sitcom The Munsters is about to get a serious reboot in 2012 – literally. The new take is being described by NBC execs as a “dramedy” , think Parenthood by way of Anne Rice. Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) penned the story, and Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) directs the pilot episode and executive produces.
Eddie will be the central focus throughout the series as he deals with the challenges of pre – pubescence and a dark secret.
Here’s a brief description of the opening sequence from the pilot script:
It’s a scout camp, and the scout master has just rounded up the scouts in an effort to find out who has eaten all the boxes of food. While the token fat kid is being eyeballed, a ravaging wolf is about to crash the party… next morning, a young boy wakes up naked in the woods.
After the credits…
Marilyn (the human among the Munster family) is introduced. The adopted stunner of the Munster family is negotiating to buy up a decrepit old mansion in Mockingbird Heights from an estate agent. As the blonde beauty and the all-too-honest agent (she attempts to talk Marilyn out of burning the house; the previous owner was a serial killer was poisoned hobos and it’s rumoured dead bodies may still be in the walls) talk, a construction crew, seemingly there to knock the place down, impatiently look on. But the deal is done and the wrecking ball backs off.
Appropriately, the Munsters arrive via crate to their new address. And they spend the first hour getting to know the locals (Grandpa licking his lips as he’s taken from house to house), hunting down a replacement ‘heart’ for the ailing Herman and largely, helping Eddie realize that he’s not a monster.
Now here’s a character profile for all the major players.
Herman Munster was built by Grandpa because he felt no other man was good for enough for his daughter, Lily. Herman is a compassionate father, a classically handsome man (as opposed to the watered down Frankenstein’s monster we saw in the original in the original) but still has visible scars from pieced together from different men. Also, Herman’s heart is powered by a steampunk engine and is starting to break down.
Eddie Munster discovers he’s a werewolf. Once werewolf Eddie attacks his scouting troop, it forces his family to move to the very familiar 1313 Mockingbird Lane. His story seems to be very similar to that of Teen Wolf.
Lily Munster is a sexy vamp described “Selina Kyle meets Friday Night Lights mom Julie Taylor.” A pet store employee who uses her magical powers to make the dogs clean their own cages.
Marilyn Munster is the one character that seems to be unchanged by the reboot. Marilyn is the most “human” out of the family and will still remain a blonde bombshell. She sees the horrific aspects of her family as a curse and not something they do by choice.
Grandpa Munster will definitely be scary. In the sequence where a crate containing Grandpa arrives at the family’s new house, it topples over and a mass of rats scramble out then join form. In order to keep his grandson Eddie from thinking he’s a total monster, Grandpa only drinks the blood of living animals. However, as no surprise, his thirst for human blood grows stronger everyday and he knows eventually he’ll be feasting on humans again. At one point, he tells Marilyn to go to college on the other side of the U.S. because he knows she’ll be away from him and safer there.
Also being tipped is that there will be an homage of sorts to Fred Gwynne and the original series in the pilot episode.
So there you have it. What do you think? Will this new take on The Munsters be a hit? Let me know in the comments section below.