Get ready for some classic monsters to make their way back to television in allegedly hilarious fashion. NBC is reportedly moving ahead with a reboot of the 60s classic The Munsters as a half-hour comedy. Late Night host and SNL alum Seth Meyers is set to produce the new take on the series, with Odd Mom Out creator Jill Kargman on board the creative team as well. If all goes well, The Munsters reboot will make it to air on NBC next season.
The news comes courtesy of Deadline, who report that Jill Kargman will pen the pilot script for this new take on The Munsters. According to the report, the idea for this particular take on the series originated with Kargman, who then managed to track down the rights and worked out a deal with Seth Meyers to produce, since he has a production deal worked out with NBC. Another interesting bit from the report is that this version of the show will take The Munsters to New York. Here's how Deadline describes the reboot.
"Inspired by the original series, the half-hour single-camera The Munsters, now in development, follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn."
In the original 1960s version of The Munsters, the family resided at the now famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address in the fictional city of Mockingbird Heights, California. In this instance, the show is headed to the East coast and will be bringing Herman, Lily, Eddie Marilyn and Grandpa to Brooklyn. Bringing the family of classic movie monsters to the big city as opposed to the suburbs is certainly a different take and could give the creative team a lot to play with.
This is not the first time that a reboot of The Munsters has been attempted. NBC gave it a shot in 2012, but as a very different type of project. That particular version was done as an hour-long show and was written by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) with the pilot directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men). The pilot starred Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa and Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn and aired as a Halloween special. NBC passed on bringing that version of The Munsters to series, but didn't close the door entirely, which helped pave the way for this new take.
The Munsters originally aired on CBS for 2 seasons from 1964-1966. Though, back then seasons were much longer, so The Munsters ran for 70 episodes and has managed to remain a recognizable pop culture staple after all these years. There is no word yet on who is going to direct The Munsters reboot or when exactly we can expect to see it air, but we will be sure to keep you up to date as any new information on the series is made available.