Last week, we brought you news that NBC’s Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane, was in danger of scrapped.
The pilot has been in development for two years now and according to reports, the network has spent $10 million on the project so far. However, it’s now looking likely that NBC will abandon the project entirely.
This week’s Hollywood Reporter has details on what’s gone wrong. The trade magazine says that while the project was put into development before current NBC president Bob Greenblatt took the reigns, he was still interested in project enough to give it a bit more time to find itself. However, it appears that Greenblatt and NBC wanted the series set in modern times to give a bit of the “fish out of water” element to the show.
That mandate goes against what producer Bryan Fuller imagines the show will be. According to reports, Fuller wants the series to be visually stylish and distinctive as his Pushing Daisies was. Fuller may also be losing interest in redeveloping the series again with his attention focused on the new Hannibal Lecter series that will debut this spring.
Mockingbird Lane does have Bryan Singer as a producer and NBC could go back to the drawing board one more time. Or the network could cut its losses and air the pilot as a Halloween special this year or next. There is also talk of bringing back everyone to film a bit more and expand the pilot into a made for TV movie that would air on cable and be sold overseas.