Bryan Fuller Wants Kristen Bell for ‘The Munsters’ Reboot

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:39 pm,

Proving once again that Hollywood is determined to leave no stone from your childhood unturned, The Munsters will be receiving the reboot treatment courtesy of Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.

NBC has ordered a pilot for the series, which Fuller describes as a cross between Modern Family and True Blood. Although The Munsters is still in the earliest stages of development, fans have already been enthusiastic about offering their casting suggestions. According to Entertainment Weekly, one actress’ name is being shouted a little bit louder than the rest.

Evidently, there’s quite a push to see Kristen Bell land the role of Marilyn- the sole normal member of The Munsters’ clan. As it turns out, Bell’s biggest supporter might be Fuller himself. He tells EW:

“Are you kidding me? Kristen would be perfect.”

He goes on to say that Marilyn would play a larger part in his reboot than she did in the original series and explains her importance to The Munsters mythos:

“She is our eyes into the world in the sense that we all can relate to our families exhibiting some level of monstrous behavior.”

However, the monstrous behavior that The Munsters exude in Fuller’s version might be a bit more extreme than anything their predecessors partook in. Apparently, the series begins with Eddie transforming into a werewolf during a boy scout camping trip and eating two members of his troop. Fuller laughs:

“This version has teeth and isn’t afraid to use them.”

The Munsters remake Bryan Fuller Wants Kristen Bell for The Munsters Reboot

I enjoyed Fuller’s previous shows and I adored Kristen Bell on Veronica Mars, and I should be elated at the possibility of them working together. Yet, excitement just isn’t something I can muster for The Munsters (say that ten times fast). I’m just not convinced that the world needs a hip, edgy version of a show that was so charming because of its innocence.

Fuller is actually quite masterful at integrating campy humor without overdoing it, but he’s so good at creating his own worlds and characters that this almost seems beneath him. The same goes for Bell, whose post-Veronica Mars career continues to baffle me.

However, I’m going to try and force myself to look at this in a glass half-full sort of way. I suppose that if there has to be a reboot of The Munsters, Fuller & Bell would certainly help make it less painful than it might otherwise be. That’s the problem, though – does there really have to be one?

Who could possibly do Fred Gwynne’s Herman justice? Or Al Lewis’ Grandpa? What do you guys think? Is Bell a good fit for Marilyn? Is there a chance The Munsters reboot might actually work?

Source: Entertainment Weekly.

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  1. I love Kristen Bell,but honestly,she should stay as far away from this as possible.

  2. If only there were a way to convince Bryan Fuller to save his money & invest it in a Veronica Mars movie instead…

  3. LOL…I called this in a previous thread somewhere. This whole reboot idea is HORRIBLE and I would hope Kristen is smart enough to stay away, but she WOULD be perfect as Marilyn. Brad Garrett as Herman and Claire Forlani as Morticia. Instead of GRAMPA, they should reboot with GRANDMA…Betty White. Kodi Smit-McPhee as Eddie….

  4. Brad Garrett is the only choice for Herman. He does a dead on impression. I can’t wait.

  5. “Proving once again that Hollywood is determined to leave no stone from your childhood unturned,”

    Who’s childhood are we talking about here? lol I only vaguely remember the “Munsters” or the “Adams Family”. And of course I saw those on Nick at Night or something. I wasn’t a big fan of either.

    I am 33 just for the record.

    All that having been said… The Andy Griffith Show, I remember watching religiously as a child. (in Re-runs obviously) I hope they don’t get any ideas about ruining… I mean re-doing, that triumph of television entertainment. :)

    • Yeah, I’m 28- but reruns of The Munsters were always on when I was a kid. It was still a part of my childhood.

  6. LOL I want Kristen for my monster

  7. I am to the point that I now hate the word “reboot”.

    (But, I’d watch anything with Kristen Bell)

    • yes indeed ,they will ruin the Munsters with this crap// if you noticed they want to make it dark, screw them !

  8. So… Is this still a comedy?

  9. Just to add to the effect… I’m 18 and the Munsters reruns were always on and the show is a big part of my childhood. I also agree that a “reboot” is not necessary. It will be interesting to see how it turns out

  10. I’m currently watching all the episodes of the original on Netflix. I would love to see Brad Garrett from Everybody Loves Raymond as Herman Munster, Kristin Bell as Marilyn, Tanay Chheda from Slumdog Millionaire as Eddie, Robin Williams as Grandpa, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Lily.