October 01, 2012 7:12pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Bryan Fuller's 'The Munsters' Remake All but Dead at NBC
The Munsters have come and gone from NBC.
The network is unlikely to move forward with Mockingbird Lane, its high-concept reboot of The Munsters from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
NBC ordered additional scripts and presented a four-minute sizzle reel of Fuller's reimagining of the 1960s CBS comedy at San Diego Comic-Con in July, where the footage won over a skeptical but loyal Fuller crowd.
Fuller penned the script for the project, which starred Portia de Rossi as Lily, Jerry O'Connell as Herman and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa Munster in the story that centered on a young Eddie as he learned of his werewolf tendencies.
Fuller envisioned the series -- which received the stamp of approval from the original Eddie Munster, Butch Patrick -- as more of a family drama than anything supernatural.
"This is about embracing the freak of your family and being proud," Fuller said in July. The show was filmed on the Universal lot, and Fuller planned to incorporate other famed monsters from the studio's horror library.
"We wanted this to look like if Hitchcock was directing a Harry Potter film," he said, noting he was inspired to retell the Munsters story after seeing Tim Burton's art exhibit in New York.
Mockingbird Lane -- Fuller's third incarnation of the Munsters reboot -- originally was developed for fall but pushed back to summer after challenges associated with the casting process. Under NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, the project evolved to tell the story from Herman's point of view.
"It was really tricky to cast the show; the tone of it is very specific," Fuller told THR in July. "I tend to write in a very specific tone, and there were a lot of people who were afraid."
Fuller, meanwhile, still has Hannibal, the Silence of the Lambs series starring Hugh Dancy, on tap at NBC.
Updated: Fuller late Monday took to Twitter to dispel word that the project likely was dead: "NBC just informed me that the Deadline article regarding #MockingbirdLane was Dead Wrong. Stay tuned for updates!"