Munsters, The: Rob Zombie to Direct Movie based on TV Series

THE MUNSTERS, Butch Patrick, Fred Gwynne,
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Rob Zombie, the heavy-metal musician turned director, will write and direct a film based on The Munsters, the 1960s sitcom about a family of friendly monsters.

“Attention Boils and Ghouls!,” Zombie wrote on Instagram. “The rumors are true! My next film project will be the one I’ve been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS! Stay tuned for exciting details as things progress!”

Zombie is a longtime Munsters fan who named his song “Dragula” after the Munsters’ car and has often spoken of his love for the series.

Zombie’s upcoming project is set up at Universal Studios’ 1440 Entertainment home entertainment division. The 1440 arm makes live-action and animated films and series for worldwide distribution across all non-theatrical platforms, which indicates the movie will likely go directly to streaming.

“The Munsters,” which ran concurrently with the analogous spooky comedy “The Addams Family,” followed a family of benign monsters who are relocated from Transylvania to an American suburb. Satirizing European immigrants adjusting to life in an American suburb, the series reflected shifts in the current societal and political landscape. It starred Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Beverley Owen (who was later replaced by Pat Priest) and Butch Patrick. All of their characters pulled inspiration from Universal’s classic lineup of monster movies.