“Mockingbird Lane,” NBC’s reboot of "The Munsters" from Bryan Fuller, will tap into Universal’s library of classic monsters, adding characters such as the Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon to the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"’Once Upon a Time’ has fairy tales. We have Universal monsters, which for me are the fairy tales of my youth," Fuller tells the publication. "That’s where I grew up, loving ‘The Munsters,’ the Wolfman, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Metaluna monster from ‘Silent Earth’ and the Mole People. I would love to rope in all of those characters from those stories, as well as get the Cat People and get those types of things."
Fuller, who said he expects to hear in August whether the show gets a series order, is currently working on stories involving the Phantom of the Opera and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the story notes.
The pilot will be told from Herman Munster’s point of view, which was the suggestion of Bob Greenblatt, the chief of NBC Entertainment, Fuller noted.
"The emotional point of view is from Herman because it really is about a father who is realizing his child is taking after the other side of the family," Fuller notes. "Everything is a metaphor for something that you can identify with in a relationship; the fact that Herman is in a constant state of decay, and he’s married to someone who doesn’t age. We get to play with all those insecurities."
As for the theme song of the original show, Fuller said the producers are negotiating the rights to use it for the reboot. "We’re going to try to work it out so we can use the theme in the show. But we don’t know yet if we can," he says.