With principal photography wrapped on the NBC pilot forMockingbird Lane, creator Bryan Fuller hopes that his reimagining of the classic The Munsters becomes fully realized by this time next year. Including an impressive cast, Fuller has made some successful waves in television following the cancellation of fan-favorite Pushing Daisies and has marked his return to television with the prequel series Hannibal set to arrive early next year. As the writer/director attempts to go 2 for 2, the first images from the series have popped up showing a little less “monster” and plenty more “Munster”.
Talking with THR, Fuller explained the series and change in appearance:
“The Munsters actually do what monsters do. They eat people and they have to live with the ramifications of being monstrous. It’s like grounding it in a reality because the half-hour was a sitcom, we saw the monsters: they were monsters on the outside and weren’t monsters on the inside. For us, they’re monsters outside and inside, and we get to double our story…”
“It’s an ensemble, but the emotional point of view is from Herman because it really is about a father who is realizing his child is taking after the other side of the family. He has so few things in his life that are his, and his son Eddie was one of them – and now Eddie’s more like Grandpa than he is Herman. Everything is a metaphor for something that you can identify with in a relationship; the fact that Herman is in a constant state of decay, and he’s married to someone who doesn’t age. We get to play with all those insecurities. The fact that he was made by his father-in-law and then has to live up to those standards; he’s always trying to find his own identity.”
As of right now, NBC is still determining whether or notMockingbird Lane will be picked up for a full first season. While it certainly is a high-profile project, the delay in pilot filming due to production and ultimately the cost of the highly stylized show may be some concerns for the primetime network that has had some major failures both creatively and ratings-wise in the past few years.
Starring Jerry O’Connell, Eddie Izzard, Portia de Rossi, Mason Cook, and Charity Wakefield, along with Cheyenne Jackson & Beth Grant, we’ll keep you updated on the series’ chances as they develop.