UCP Developing Horror Reboot Of ‘The Munsters’

Think The Munsters, but way more grim.

UCP is developing 1313, which has been described as a horror series that plays on the Universal Monsterverse, aka a reimagining of the classic 1964-66 CBS sitcom The Munsters.

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Lindsey Anderson Beer is set to showrun the drama. The project is being developed by James Wan, Beer and Ingrid Bisu for UCP. Atomic Monster and LAB Brew are the production companies.

Executive producers are Beer and Wan, Michael Clear, and Rob Hackett for Atomic Monster. Bisu is a co-exec producer.

The last time someone tried to dust off The Munsters for the small screen was in 2017, when NBC opted to reboot the comedy with Odd Mom Out creator Jill Kargman and Seth Meyers. The half-hour single-camera version was going to follow members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn.

In the original, the Munsters resided at the famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address in the city of Mockingbird Heights, a fictional suburb in California.

Before that, NBC and Universal took a stab at rebooting The Munsters as an hourlong series written by Bryan Fuller. It resulted in the big-budget pilot Mockingbird Lane, directed by Bryan Singer and starring Jerry O’Connell as family patriarch Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa and Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn, which aired as a Halloween special in 2012.

Rob Zombie helmed a big-screen version of The Munsters in 2022.

Elsewhere at Universal Studio Group, Shōgun writers Fred Fernandez Armesto and Adam Gyngell are developing a new series called Honeymoon with Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films and Universal International Studios.

Honeymoon follows a newlywed woman finds herself in the spotlight when her husband is murdered on their honeymoon in Morocco just days after their wedding. What starts as an investigation into a murder becomes trial-by-media as her private life is dissected by the police, press and public. But is she a grieving woman or a murderer?

It will be exec produced by Armesto, Gyngell and Carnival Films’ Nigel Marchant and Gareth Neame.

Carnival and UIS are also behind thriller All Her Fault, which is set up at Peacock as well as Peacock/Sky co-productions The Day of the Jackal, starring Eddie Redmayne and Lashana Lynch, and Lockerbie starring Colin Firth.

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