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Is ‘Mockingbird Lane’ the ‘Once Upon A Time’ of Monsters?

Mockingbird Lane Creature From the Black Lagoon
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Ever since NBC announced that it was moving forward on a Bryan Fuller-helmed, Bryan Singer-directed reboot of the classic ‘Munsters’ family titled ‘Mockingbird Lane,’ people have been curious what kind of format it might take. Lighthearted comedy? Visually distinct drama? Those on hand at Comic-Con 2012 were treated to a special preview of the series, but now a few details of the upcoming series have shed light on what viewers should expect.

Much as ABC hit ‘Once Upon A Time‘ combs through the Disney library to bring to life classic fairytale characters, so too will ‘Munsters’ reboot ‘Mockingbird Lane’ have the ability to draw on Universal’s array of classic movie monsters for its own drama. The news was first revealed in Fuller’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter, wherein Fuller claimed that “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” would be among the first to make an appearance.

Rather than settle into some CG monster-of-the-week formula, however, Fuller stressed that the Black Lagoon creature would be achieved with prosthetics, and that the show wouldn’t over-rely on the iconic monsters for attention:

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. But we can’t just do Monster of the Week; they have to have a reason for being in the story — an emotional capacity — for us to interact with their characters.

Elsewhere, Fuller revealed that the show would take place largely from the emotional point of view of Jerry O’Connell’s Herman Munster, as he deals with the decay of his condition against his immortal wife, and comes to realize that his monstrous son takes more after his wife’s side of the family. Additional scripts for the series beyond the pilot have been ordered, and Fuller makes it known that he plans to explore aspects of the mythology brushed over by the series’ previous incarnation:

The Munsters actually do what monsters do: they eat people and they have to live with the ramifications of being monstrous. It’s like grounding it in a reality because the half-hour was a sitcom, we saw the monsters: they were monsters on the outside and weren’t monsters on the inside. For us, they’re monsters outside and inside, and we get to double our story. So any story you can tell on ‘Parenthood’ and ‘True Blood,’ we can tell.

You can check out more details of ‘Mockingbird Lane’ at the interview above, but in the meantime tell us what you think about the series! Does it have the potential to be another Bryan Fuller great, or an undead mess? What movie monsters would you like to see headed down ‘Mockingbird Lane?’ Sound off in the comments!

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