EXCLU: Rob Zombie Set to Helm ‘THE MUNSTERS’ Film for Universal
Rock icon and horror director Rob Zombie has been tapped to bring the classic sitcom family, The Munsters, to the big screen. Zombie, who has directed over a half dozen horror films over the past 15 years or so, including a pair of Halloween films and his Firefly series, also wrote the screenplay for Universal. 70 episodes of The Munsters aired on CBS from 1964 to 1966 before being canceled but found a second wind in syndication becoming extremely popular while airing on Nick at Nite. Zombie has professed his love for the original series many times over the years, claiming to have seen each episode “at least 17 times.”
Production on the film is currently set to begin in Budapest in early May. Two of Zombie’s usual suspects have been cast as leads in the comedy with Jeff Daniel Phillips set as Herman Munster and Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, set as Lily Munster. Dan Roebuck, Jorge Garcia and Richard Brake have also joined the cast in major roles and Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, has also joined on in a supporting role.
No release date has been set for the film at this time.