Heavy metal rocker turned director Rob Zombie has confirmed on social media he will direct a movie reboot of the classic 1960s sitcom The Munsters.
The adaptation of the creepshow comedy will be for Universal 1440 Entertainment, NBCU confirmed. This likely means the movie will stream on Peacock once it's complete.
Rob Zombie may be the perfect person to helm the project: he's been a longtime fan of The Munsters and even named one of his songs "Dragula" after the car the family drives in the show. “Attention Boils and Ghouls!,” Zombie wrote on Instagram. “The rumors are true! My next film project will be the one I’ve been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS!"
Zombie’s directing career flourished in the early 2000s. It began with hardcore horror films House of 1000 Corpses in 2003 and The Devil’s Rejects in 2005. He then wrote and directed the 2007 reimagining of John Carpenter’s Halloween, which starred Scout Taylor-Compton and Tyler Mane as Michael Myers. He also directed one episode of CSI: Miami in 2010.
The Munsters originally aired from 1964-66 on CBS - the same time frame the equally spooky Addams Family ran on ABC. The show starred Butch Patrick, Fred Gwynne, Beverley Owen, Yvonne De Carlo, and Al Lewis. It was about a family of friendly monsters who move from Transylvania to a suburb in an American city: Mockingbird Heights. The series satirized European immigrants adjusting to life in American suburbs, and reflected shifts during the 60s' societal and political landscape.
While the sitcom wasn't a huge hit during the 60s, a syndicated version of the show appeared from 1988-91. More recently, NBC announced a reboot television series from Jill Kargman and Seth Meyers. It's set to premiere next pilot season.
Notably, the news of Rob Zombie's Munsters reboot comes months after Netflix unveiled Wednesday - an Addams Family spinoff series from Tim Burton. Jenna Ortega (The Babysitter: Killer Queen, Yes Day) will play the titular frowny character.
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Article Image: Rob Zombie at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Halloween," A cast photo of "The Munsters" in 1964. (s_bukley via DepositPhotos, CBS Television Network [Available through Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons.)