First Look: The Munster’s New ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Mansion!
Executive Producer, Bryan Fuller, hopes his ‘Munsters’ reboot, now titled ‘Mockingbird Lane‘ will be “the next Harry Potter.” That’s a pretty ambitious goal for a remake of a largely forgotten B&W ’60s comedy on an already struggling network. But this just released concept art of the “Mockingbird Lane” mansion has us thinking he might be on to something.
Fuller chatted up his quirky monster-com with Entertainment Weekly and explained that his take on the campy classic will give viewers a thoroughly modern “Munsters,” if you will.
“The script is such a dramatic departure from the tone and style of the original show. If we continued to call the show ‘The Munsters,’ people are just going to to think we’re doing ‘The Munsters.’ We’re doing a reinvention and re-imagination of this property, ” said Fuller.
In addition to revamping the original monsters, Fuller hopes to bring in new (old) creatures from Universal’s library of cult classics, including “The Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “The Wolfman” and “The Mummy.”
As for the show’s original monster roster, Fuller plans to “bling out” the Munster clan and forgo the “bolts in the neck and Bela Lugosi.” Fuller explained that the show’s costuming takes inspiration from designer, Alexander McQueen’s use of animal prints and gave Munster family matriarch, Lily’s wardrobe as an example.
“All of [Lily's] wardrobe comes from nature. The first time we see her this nest of spiders weaves her dress on her body as she’s standing there. We’ll see ravens come in and assemble her blouse out of their feathers. We won’t see animal skins because the animals are donating as opposed to dying for it. She has domain over nature and nature has a fantastic esthetic.”
One thing Fuller didn’t want to tinker with too much is the Munster’s “Mockingbird Lane” abode.
“We wanted [the mansion] to have feeling of the original. We wanted a house in the neighborhood that children would walk past faster than other houses,” Fuller explained.
Based on the image below, it looks like he’s achieved that goal.