Gets a Facelift
BY Josh Hinkle
April 13 2012 2:22 PM ET
When the remake of The Munsters arrives on television, viewers will quickly notice the differences, starting with a new title, Mockingbird Lane.
Bryan Fuller, out creator of Pushing Daisies, plans to turn The Munsters into an NBC dramedy. "We want this show to be an American Harry Potter," Fuller tells Entertainment Weekly. "To have that sense of a magical world that you get to go to with your family and find stories told in a fantastical way that are instantly relatable."
Fuller opted to change the name of the show to Mockingbird Lane because it will vary so much from the original. His stories will stray from the original comedy of the show and venture to places much darker. He is leaving the tone of the original show behind and making it his own. Part of this reinvention comes with the addition of new characters. Fuller tells EW, "We can run through a Universal monster prism and tell it in a very twisted, off-kilter way." Fuller went on to mention that unlike the original, "we're going to see our monsters doing monstrous things."
While production has not started, some casting decisions have been made. Eddie Izzard will play the role of Grandpa Munster, EW reports, and Charity Wakefield has been cast as Marilyn, the only member of the Munster family that is not a monster.
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