December 2, 2011
Producer, director Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns") will direct and executive produce a new prime-time pilot for
Universal Television, of the classic 1960's monster sitcom "The Munsters" at NBC, alongside executive producer,
writer Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies").
NBC confirmed that the new take will be "...an edgier
and slightly darker take exploring origins of 'Herman' and 'Lily Munster' and how they arrived @ their US residence of '1313
Fuller promises that his 'Munsters' will have a darker and 'less campy feel' than the black-and-white original,
or as he describes it, "...'Modern Family' meets 'True Blood'..."
original 1960's sitcom depicting the home life of a family of Universal Studio monsters, was created by Allan Burns and Chris
Hayward, starring actor Fred Gwynne as 'Herman Munster' and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, 'Lily'.
The idea of a family
of comical monsters was first suggested to Universal Studios in the late 1940's by animator Bob Clampett ("Merrie Melodies",
"Beany and Cecil") who wanted to produce a series of cartoons.
The project didn't
see development until the early 1960's, when a treatment for a similar idea was submitted to Universal Studios by "Rocky & Bullwinkle" writers Burns and Hayward.
This format was later handed to writers Norm Liebman and Ed Haas, who
wrote the pilot script, "Love Thy Monster", retitled as "My Fair Munster".
live-action presentation was filmed by MCA Television for CBS and the new series, was greenlit for 70 episodes, airing once
a week in black-and-white on CBS, from September 24, 1964 to May 12, 1966.
"The Munsters" grew
in popularity during decades of syndication, warranting a spin-off series, several TV films and a theatrical release.
The twist to the
series was that The Munsters family, consisting of 'Frankenstein' Herman, 'vampire' Lily, 'Wolfman' son 'Eddie' (Butch Patrick),
'Dracula' Grandpa (Al Lewis) and normal 'Marilyn' (Beverley Owen and Pat Priest), considered themselves typical, blue-collar,
working-class Americans of the era, with nothing unusual about their look or gothic house, situated at '1313 Mockingbird Lane'.
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to enlarge and Sneak Peek the rare, unaired 1960's TV pilot for "The Munsters"...