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JAMES WAN TO PRODUCE “DARK REBOOT” OF “THE MUNSTERS” FOR UNIVERSAL

Posted on: June 3rd, 2024

It seems James Wan is unstoppable in his quest to become horror’s most prolific producer.

His latest announcement is 1313, and is said to be a “dark reboot” of the classic horror sitcom The Munsters.

Wan is producing the project alongside Lindsay Anderson Beer, best known for the horror prequel Pet Sematary: Bloodlines. Beer will also serve as showrunner on the project.

The idea behind 1313 is allegedly to ingratiate the Munster clan into Universal’s rapidly growing “Dark Monsterverse” reboot. So far, The Invisible Man has been the only hit, but there are hopes that will change with Wolf Man and The Bride on the way.

Originally running for 70 episodes between 1964 and 1966, The Munsters followed the capers of a family of off-beat ghouls as they tried to fit in to society.

The series has had a storied and not altogether successful history of spin-offs and reboots, beginning with 1966’s feature Munster Go Home. A Munster’s Revenge and a handful of television movies followed.

Series reboots have been less fruitful, with the most successful incarnation undoubtedly being The Munsters Today, which ran from 1988 to 1990 and acted as a sequel show. A modern-day reboot, Mocking Bird Lane was attempted by Bryan Fuller in 2012. Despite a cast featuring Portia di Rossi and Jerry O’Connell, it was cancelled before going to series. The pilot aired as a “Halloween special” later that year.

Most recently, filmmaker Rob Zombie has brought the property back to life with his 2022 feature incarnation. Acting as a prequel to the original series, Zombie’s film follows a young Lily on her search for love. Despite being Zombie’s best received film in quite some time, The Munsters was released directly-to-streaming.

Will 1313 change the fortunes for the patchy yet beloved franchise? Only time will tell!

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