Last month, rumours started to spread that Rob Zombie would be returning to the director’s chair, this time developing a modern remake of the 1960’s television series, ‘The Munsters.’
At the time, Zombie declined to comment on the rumours, but now he has officially confirmed on his Instagram that he will be developing a new movie based on the Transylvanian-American family that lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
In his official post, Zombie stated:
“Attention Boils and Ghouls! The rumours are true! My next film project will be the one I’ve been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS! Stay tuned for exciting details as things progress!”
Although not officially confirmed, it was rumoured by Murphy’s Multiverse that Jeff Daniel Phillips would be playing Herman Munster in Zombie’s adaption, the role originally made famous by the late Fred Gwynne.
Sheri Moon Zombie, the wife of the rock icon, was also rumoured to be cast in the role of Lily Munster. Moon Zombie has appeared in every one of her husband’s films to date.
Along with these two names, it is also speculated that Richard Brake (Three From Hell), Jorge Garcia (Lost), Daniel Roebuck (Three From Hell), and even the Mistress of the Dark herself, Cassandra Peterson, would be joining the cast.
Their exact roles or level of involvement in the film are uncertain at this time as major details on the film are still only speculation at this time.
It’s also unknown if Pat Priest or Butch Patrick, the last two surviving members of the original cast, will be making an appearance in the film.
Patrick and Zombie recently collaborated on the audio commentary track of Shout! Factory’s Blu-Ray release of the film ‘Munster, Go Home’ which was released on February 23, 2021.
The original series, which ran for two seasons between 1964 and 1966 for a total of seventy-two episodes, is currently streaming on Peacock.
Along with the original series, the Munsters appeared in the 1966 film ‘Munster, Go Home!’, 1981’s ‘The Munsters’ Revenge’, 1995’s ‘Here Come the Munsters’, and 1996’s ‘The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas.’
In 1988, the show received a television revival with the series ‘The Munsters Today’ which ran between 1988 and 1991 for a total of seventy-three episodes.
In 2012, Bryan Fuller attempted to bring the family back to the small screen with his series ‘Mockingbird Lane.’ The show was said to be a re-imagining of the original 1960’s sitcom. It aired on October 26, 2012 as a Halloween special. NBC, however, decided to pass on the series.
There had been rumours that a modern-day interpretation of the series was in development, but nothing ever came of it. This new film, however, will officially mark the return of the Munster family who, other than receiving re-releases of their original material in recent years, haven’t seen anything new since the failed 2012 series.
As news on the film becomes available, Horrorfacts will be sure to report it.