It appears that the Munsters will stay dead after all.
NBC had ordered Mockingbird Lane, a high-concept reboot of the series, to pilot, but it appears that it has been pulled. The series was being developed by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.
NBC had ordered additional scripts and presented a sizzle reel of Fuller's work on the reimagining as San Diego's Comic-Con in July, where the footage won over the crowd.
Fuller wrote the script, which featured Portia de Rossi as Lily, Jerry O'Connell as Herman and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa Munster. The story focused on young Eddie as he learned of he was part werewolf.
Fuller wanted the series to be more of a family drama than supernatural.
"This is about embracing the freak of your family and being proud," Fuller said. The sizzle reel was filmed on Universal's lot and the plan was to use famed monsters from the Universal Monsters collection.
"We wanted this to look like if Hitchcock was directing a Harry Potter film," Fuller said.
Mockingbird Lane was Fuller's third incarnation of the reboot. It was intended for fall but pushed back to summer. NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greeblatt also pushed for the story to be told from Herman's point of view.
"It was really tricky to cast the show; the tone of it is very specific," Fuller said. "I tend to write in a very specific tone and there were a lot of people who were afraid."
No word on why NBC is bailing.