The Munsters is getting a 'darker reimagining' produced by James Wan

James Wan will produce under his Atomic Monsters banner.
Scene From The Munsters Television Show
Scene From The Munsters Television Show / John Springer Collection/GettyImages

We're returning to 1313 Mockingbird Lane yet again for a new television version of The Munsters, this time planned as a "darker reimagining" of the series.

Horror icon James Wan is producing a new series for Universal Studio Group (USG) alongside showrunner Lindsey Anderson Beer (Pet Sematary: Bloodlines) and Ingrid Bisu. Wan's company, Atomic Monster, will produce this latest iteration alongside LAB BREW. The original 1964 sitcom initially aired on CBS for 70 episodes from 1964 to 1966.

According to Variety, the logline for this new version of The Munsters describes it as a horror show that "lives and breathes within the Universal Monsterverse." Between this, the recent success of Abigail (which was based on Dracula's Daughter), and the upcoming Wolf Man from Leigh Whannell, it seems like Universal is intent on making their "Dark Universe" work, even if it doesn't end up being interconnected like the MCU.

There's no news yet on the casting or plot for the show, but this is far from the first time that The Munsters has been rebooted for television.

In 2012, Bryan Fuller wrote an hour-long pilot episode for a potential new series that would serve as a reimagining. Directed by Bryan Singer and starring Jerry O'Connell and Portia de Rossi, NBC aired the episode in 2012 as a Halloween special but opted not to pick it up to series.

Five years later, NBC attempted to reboot the series with Seth Myers and Jill Kargman. In their version, the show would have taken place in Brooklyn, New York. But it never came to fruition.

On the film side, Rob Zombie took a stab at the iconic franchise in 2022 with his film version The Munsters starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Richard Brake, Jorge Garcia, Sylvester McCoy, Catherine Schell, and Cassandra Peterson.

Zombie hewed closely to the tone established by the original sitcom, but his movie version bypassed theaters and went straight to DVD/Blu-ray and Netflix (and it's still streaming there today if you're interested in checking it out).

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