NBC has yet to release an official hi-res version of the cast of Bryan Fuller’s ‘Mockingbird Lane’ but those who attended the panel for the show were given a first look treat in the form of a 4 minute raw clip. While we don’t have that clip, we do have a few screen shots that give a look at the Munster clan.
Upon first impression, the look is very different than the 1960’s version. This family has a more normal look to them rather than the obvious monstrous appearance of their predecessors. That would help explain why the neighbors would be more willing to interact with this family as opposed to one that looks like Frankenstein, Dracula, and a werewolf. I do, however, miss Lily’s long black hair and the fact that Marilyn is the “normal” one in the family isn’t as much of a joke as the whole family looks normal too.
As this is a re-imaging of the ‘The Munsters,’ Fuller did change a few things in his darker version but does promise a lot of nods to the original series:
“Herman is a zombie living in a constant state of decay with a woman who doesn’t age. We want this to look like Hitchcock directing a Harry Potter film. We want to do something different that would change perceptions about what you would think about a Munsters remake… The Munsters’ freak was external but everything inside of them was relatable. What I love about that is that it buys us so much fun on how we can tell these stories. We will be very adventurous.”
Some of the familiar traits from the original series that Fuller plans to include in ‘Mockingbird Lane’ are the family pet Spot and his home under the staircase, the family car ‘Dragula’, and a special appearance by Butch Patrick (the original Eddie Munster) as a scout leader.
NBC has only ordered a pilot but Fuller remains optimistic about the show. “[NBC is] clearly invested in this show,” he said at Comic Con, “and they’re invested in doing it in a spectacular fashion.”
Take a look below and let me know what you think of this re-invention of the Munster family:
‘Mockingbird Lane’ stars Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa Sam, Mason Cook as Eddie Munster, and Chrity Wakefield as Marilyn. The series has not yet been given an air date on NBC.