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NBC Orders New MUNSTERS Pilot From PUSHING DAISIES Creator Bryan Fuller!! And HELLBOY’s Guillermo Del Toro May Be Involved??

Published at: Sept. 30, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! Bryan Fuller, the “Star Trek” vet who went on to create “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies,” just received a pilot order for a new version of “The Munsters,” according to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello. If this sounds like a mismatch, Ausiello’s source describes the reboot as “Modern Family meets True Blood.” Guillermo Del Toro (“Hellboy”) may also be involved, according to the report. I’m assuming the director is contemplating directing the pilot in exchange for an executive producer credit (and a paycheck for every new episode produced if the project goes to series.) “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola might be the link between Fuller and Del Toro. Fuller once wrote and produced a failed (but hilarious) pilot for “The Amazing Screw-On Head,” based on the graphic novel by Mignola. Fuller has been cranking out lots of pilots for NBC Universal, which once had him writing what turned out to be the best episodes of “Heroes” during that series’ run. His scripts for the home-shopping satire “Sellevision” and the animal-shelter sitcom “No Kill” did not go to pilot. He’s also scripted a adaptation of the moon-set “The Lotus Caves,” which reads like “Dead Like Me” crossed with “2001.” Fuller’s also scripting a new live-action big-screen take on “Pinocchio.” Find all of Ausiello’s story on the matter here.
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  • Sept. 30, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    First? Forget the money, wtf is Guillermo touching this?

    by Wolfman Nards

    Oh.. I guess it's the money.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    I love The Munsters, but this is just a bad idea.

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    Why not create something new, based on a similar premise, and call it something else, entirely?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Worst Idea EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by kongoman

    Just leave it alone. Unless you can resurrect Fred Gw...Nah, fuck that. Just leave it alone. Here's a thought. Come up with your own fuckin idea ya fuckin' cunt rags

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Okay...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Wow.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I could get behind this if it's not too close to the original

    by Chewtoy

    But it really does seem like an idea doomed to fail hard.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    THE MUNSTERS were good for the 1960s...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...but TRUE BLOOD is good for nothing.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    There was already a Munsters remake tv show.

    by fiester

    I think it's from the early '90s and it was fucking terrible. <p> So this would actually be the third Munsters tv show.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    ಠ_ಠ ಠ_ಠ ಠ_ಠ ಠ_ಠ

    by ORIONgods

    ಠ_ಠ

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    There was already a Munsters remake

    by Simpsonian

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Did you guys know they remade the Munsters already?

    by Gleemonex

    I heard it was in the 90s or something.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    this site is a bit like the munsters...

    by emeraldboy

    ancient and a bit of a bad joke at this point. it looks like harry aint going to resurrect D.Vader any time soon and all because he spoke out of turn in obit talkback.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    by REPSMAN

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Bryan Fuller, huh?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Well, get ready for a gay Eddie, then.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    It's Gotta Be ...

    by REPSMAN

    Brad Garrett as Herman. Who else could possibly do it? I like the kid from Akeelah & the Bee, J.R. Villarreal, as Eddie (but he may be a little too old now. And as Morticia ... oops, wrong show

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I find it interesting to compare articles written by Herc

    by slder78

    when one deals with writers he likes and ones that are on his shit list. The amount of disdain he has for the latter over material that hasn't even been filmed yet is so...what's the word...juvenile. See articles about anyone whoever wrote on a Joss Whedon show and I don't know say Josh Applebaum.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    The Munsters Today

    by nieman

    ...was the name of the show but I remember it in late 80's. It was more campy than the original though, but really tried to be the same show. They did have a movie in mid-90s, forget the name but it wasn't THAT bad even though I rmemeber it changed alot of the origins

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Is this good news or bad news?

    by Mono

    I love Bryan Fuller. I think he may be better than the television writers with those great reputations, like Joss Whedon and Aaron Sorkin; he's on that level. Pushing Daisies was like a big death ray of sunshine blasting away my troubles on a weekly basis.<p> But what about his Syfy show, the one that was supposed to be based on some book I'd never heard of? I was very excited about that.<p> A lot more excited than the idea of him getting on the Hollywood terrible-idea remake machine. I generally find the terrible-idea remake machine to be puzzling and off-putting.<p> I'm sure a Bryan Fuller Munsters would be a good Munsters; but why? Why do this? Is this creatively fulfilling?<p>I'd rather have something new from Bryan Fuller than see him get stuck on AUR. (Another unnecessary remake...)

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    The Munsters Today WAS bad

    by NixEclips

    So, this is The New Munsters Today? Bah. Don't cast John Schuck as Herman, again.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    I liked the Addams Family

    by johnnyangelheart

    but I thought the Munsters was just stupid. I was like 10 years old back then.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    hawaii 5-0 had a 90s remake too

    by Himbo

    didnt' it? Starring Gary Busey? Maybe it's about relaunching remakes that failed.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Another ridiculous idea left over from Zucker??

    by TRON

    Liked the Munsters, but any reunion movie and remake series just didn't cut it. You gotta be Frickin kidding me? Maybe a movie done in the same vein as The Brady Bunch Movie,,,, but please no TV series,,,, it will be lame, a lame remake choice.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I've got a train wreck curiousity to see this...

    by thecomedian

    "Modern Family Meets True Blood"?!?! So Dracula marries his daughter off to Frankenstein's monster, who's really just a bumbling klutz. They have a werewolf son!?!... and a fire breathing monster who lives under the stairs. Their smoking hot niece who's the normal one moves in with them(probably in the pilot). And they all drive around in a sweet custom hotrod. I can already see future plot lines with Marilyn dating some glittery homo Twilight vamp that the rest of the family can't stand.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Fuller's certainly no genius...

    by Messiahman

    For the most part, I find his solo work self-consciously twee and far too precious for its own good. PUSHING DAISIES was the guiltiest of this, and it quickly became a chore to watch, much like WONDERFALLS. The bulk of his work was done on the absolute worst Trek show (Voyager), and he's also got the awful 2002 CARRIE remake to his name. So yeah, sorry to say that he inspires little confidence in retreading this uninteresting territory.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The Munsters Movie

    by LaneDobler

    Weren't the Wayans brothers working on a Munsters movie a while back? I wonder whatever happened to that.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The Munsters Movie

    by LaneDobler

    Weren't the Wayans brothers working on a Munsters movie a while back? I wonder whatever happened to that.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Love everyone involved, but terrible idea

    by CCon99

    I love Fuller, love Del Toro, and The Munsters will always have a special place in my heart. But even I can see this is a terrible idea. If they want to make a new show that's Modern Family meets True Blood, why not just make a whole new show and leave the Munsters out of it? Making it the Munsters will just make people expect the old Munsters or will drive them away dreading a remake. Take the idea and make it your own and go from there.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    STOP REMAKING SHIT

    by torontoxic

    Have an original idea. It'll be okay.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Just say no

    by MegaBeth

    The Munsters was an awesome TV show. Leave it alone.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Ugh, there goes my Munsters reboot...

    by DanielKurland

    Not even joking. At least I've still got ALF.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Bryan Fuller<p>He left "Heroes" in the dust<p>And now?

    by StarWarsRedux

    Nothing but crap shows in development. <p>I miss "Heroes".

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Damn, Herc

    by Dharma4

    Can you not describe Fuller's work without mixing two already existing franchises?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Mismatch? You fucking kidding me?

    by ROBRAM89

    There are maybe two people in TV I would hire to write this and he's so totally one of them.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Brad Garrett for Herman

    by OutsideChance

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Munsters Today

    by Mr Lucas

    had a theme song that went something like: "they went to sleep 20 years ago and when they woke up they had a new show". Hahahahaha. Still makes me chuckle. <P> Anyway, this sounds like a waste of some stellar talent.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    How long into the series run before he leaves?

    by Mr. Profit

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    The REAL Munsters worked only because of cast.

    by Uncle Stan

    The original cast was golden and cannot be replicated. All attempts will fail miserably.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Uncle Stan is RIGHT

    by theDORK

    Some shows are of their time...and some roles cannot be recast with any hope of success. How many times does Universal have to dust off a MUNSTERS remake before they realize it will NEVER WORK? And just who is going to be cast in the thankless role of new Herman, anyway? I don't really care, actually. If I want to watch the Munsters, I'll rent or buy the original series. End of story.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    i'm surprised since "Wolfman" bombed

    by MST3KPIMP

    ida thunk the heads at universal/nbc would be hesitant to green light any project using classic monsters. but ya if they dont get that guy from ebl raymond there is no point.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    herman will be gay

    by brabon300

    most of us thought he was anyway<p>why is fuller, a man whose head is filled with wacked out ideas taking on a reboot? cant be for want of money

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    no Herman Munster without Fred Gwynn.

    by alice133

    move on.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    If only Devin stayed with CHUD . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    he could have been an EP on this one. Oh well. Such is life.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Bryan Fuller

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    If it truly is Fuller, and not Herc trying to fuck with us talkbackers... if it really is Fuller, I'd almost even watch vampires again. Almost.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Modern Family meets True Blood?

    by Cobb05

    What the hell does that mean? So it's a mockumentary style with bad improv and lots of gay undertones?

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    I miss Wonderfalls

    by Niaiserie

    Loved that show. A bit of poor luck for it to be out at the same time as the similar concept Joan of Arc

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Is he still on his NBC deal?

    by The McPoyle Clan

    Must be, based on this. Otherwise, he'd be better off doing an original show on cable.

  • "The Munsters Today" is one of the most vomit inducing bad shows ever committed to the airwaves. There was a 90's TV movie which wasn't TOO bad, but it was still pretty useless. Fred Gwynn is always missed.<br><br>Del Toro's possible involvement in this, is of course the only thing that is keeping me from smashing something.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Please Hollywood, something new!

    by CaligariMD

    They already remade the Munsters with The Munsters Today in 1988. John Schuck played Herman Munster and it was painful to watch.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Ug...

    by jwardlow

    The Munsters had its day... it's gone now. This won't work any more than a remake of Hogan's Heroes would.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    The New Hogan's Heroes

    by Pouchstalker

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Only because Del Toro and Fuller are attached

    by donkingkong

    Premise of the “Modern Family meets True Blood" sounds tantalizing, go the re-imagining route, don't make it like the 90's made for TV movies.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    DARK, GRITTY MUNSTERS

    by Mullah Omar

    Sounds like a terrible idea. THE MUNSTERS was about as lightweight as you can get in a TV show. If this has even the slightest dramatic tension or seriousness, they shouldn't call it THE MUNSTERS.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Turn the Lights Off

    by Bubba Foom

    ...that's it. We're done. Did everybody creative die after 1980 and we're left with a generation of Borg cobbling bits from here, there and everywhere into nothing the world hasn't seen a billion times before? Yes, there's nothing new under the sun, every story's been told, but damn--the Munsters?! My Mother The Car is probably available too! Besides, "Being Human" on the BBC is already the Munsters all dark and grittified. And "Being Human"--which I don't watch regularly--actually has some interesting turns in it. A ghost would annoy the living shit out of werewoves and vampires since they couldn't do anything to it. And would ghosts still have sexual urges (I would hope so)? But the Munsters??? I mean, damn! Several here have already suggested Alf. Don't think somebody in an expensive office right now ain't thinking: Alf, E.T., the Fugitive, Karate Kid--an alien teaches a boy to defend himself as they race cross country to... (fill in the blank) Sweet, savory damn.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    CANCELLED

    by centilope

    It won't even last a whole season.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I think it's a perfect pairing.

    by HoboCode

    But I won't be watching anyway.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    whos gonna be Herman?

    by mojoman69

    Perlman id bet. Hey I love GTD and RON, but this is a bad idea.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I bet

    by INWOsuxRED

    he came up with this idea thinking NBC would fire him and release him from that development deal so he could go do something else, and then much to his surprise they gave it a green light. Now everyone is fucked.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    There's always a possibility

    by oisin5199

    this could be brilliant. If Fuller can add the same magic he did for Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies. It won't last of course, but I'd rather have 2 seasons of a Fuller show than 8 seasons of a cop show. Wonderfalls a chore to watch? Are you on crack?

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    "we went to sleep, many years ago".....

    by Father

    "now were BACK with a brand new show!" "We're the munsters....TODAAAAAAAY!"

  • Not that I was clamoring for one, but it just seems the kind of thing they would have crapped out.<br><br>Always liked Munsters over Addams.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Went over to a friend of mine's house last month...

    by Dollar Bird

    ...I was checking out his DVDs and noticed "The Munsters: season 1". I made some off-handed comment about how sometimes you look at someone's DVD collection and wonder what was a purchase and what was a gift. He asked what DVD I was referring to; I told him "The Munsters". He then berated me for being too joyless and insisted I watch an episode. Then we did, and it was pretty corny. Actually, "pretty corny" doesn;t even BEGIN to describe how corny it was. The laughter was even more canned than I remember it being (back when I watched the show hoping to see a second of Spot under the stairs.) The whole episode revolved around Eddie being enamored with a Svengoolie-like character, which instilled jealousy in Herman. Eventually, Eddie discovers the teevee personality was just a guy in a costume, not a real ghoul, and is disillusioned, and rekindles his admiration for his father. I was dying to see a scene at the end where Herman or Lily mentions that the man on teevee was just a person in a costume, and that teevee is fake, then to have every character on screen slowly turn to look at the viewer in some 4th-wall-breaking self-aware moment, but it never happened. Oh, well.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Addams Family >>>>>>> Munsters.

    by Triple_J_72

    Fact.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Are they going to make it "darker" like a lot of the remakes?

    by GornPirate

    So Herman's going to be out of work and he decides to sell the "ugly" niece into prostitution. Eddie in a desperate attempt to fit into the neighborhood joins a gang. Grandpa Munster is brewing meth down in the lab to help pay the bills. And Lily is fighting her long time urge to do it with Spot the pet dragon.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    I second that motion, Uncle Stan

    by daggor

    The concept sounds like it could be a decent satire of the vampire craze combined with the dramedy of Modern Family. It also sounds completely incompatible with the goofy (and fun) sitcom humor of the classic "Munsters." Brad Garrett does a spot-on Fred Gwyne impression, but I'm guessing the suits are just slapping the name "Munsters" on this to try to attract attention. There is a way to make a "Munsters" re-boot work, but I ain't telling them.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    i love fuller but

    by palewook

    this reboot will never fly for long

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Munsters 2.1

    by Titus05

    will the new Munsters be in black and white?

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    I think it worked because it was in Black & White

    by boogel

    That make-up in full color just doesn't work.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    It would be fun if they kept the monsters B&W

    by boogel

    Film the rest on the scenes normal. But all Munster family members and the house are de-saturated in post production. That way they still look like they walked out of a classic movie.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 5:14 a.m. CST

    This is an awful idea...

    by scrote

    This thing just ain't gonna work. Like a lot of tb-ers have already said; it was the casting of the show that sold the series. This shouldn't happen...Christ next thing we know we'll have Joss Whedon prepping a b&w comedy series called THE NEW LAUREL n HARDY. Please just leave this alone...you just can't fill the shoes of Fred Gwynne. No way....

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    ADAMS worse than Munsters??

    by billandted

    Do people on here just like to have dumb views because they think that makes them edgy? Look you can think whatever you want, this being a free country and all, but If you like Musters over Adams, I feel bad for you and you're poor broken soul. Not kidding, my heart goes out to you. Oh and on Topic, this is a BAD idea, but who else said they would have to look at the trainwreck? I agree.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Just rerun the original

    by The StarWolf

    As is, this remake gives me more reason not to spend time in front of the tv.