ET Star Dee Wallace Embarks on Rob Zombie’s The Munsters
Instagram has been the filmmaker’s preferred medium for updates on the film as it nears a likely 2022 release date, and this announcement is no exception. “Dee is the voice of GOOD MORNING TRANSYLVANIA!” the filmmaker revealed in an article, explaining that it was “Transylvania’s 2nd favorite morning show…soon to drop to 3rd if they don’t update their format.” It looks like Wallace is taking on some sort of narrator-adjacent presence or lead role for the family comedy, which Zombie assured fans would be rated PG despite his historically documented love of hardcore horror.
The filmmaker released ‘The Munsters’ casting news as Christopher Nolan’s folks making ‘Oppenheimer’ announcements, building a strong cast roster that includes ‘The Gifted’ actor Jeff Daniel so far. Phillips, “The Lords of Salem” star Sheri Moon Zombie, “3 From Hell” actor Daniel Roebuck, “Sanctuary” actor Richard Brake, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” actress Catherine Schell , “Doctor Who” star Sylvester McCoy, Elvira herself Cassandra Peterson and “Lost” actor Jorge Garcia.
“The Munsters” appears to expand beyond the size and scope of its 1960s sitcom source material, introducing new characters like Peterson’s realtor, Brake’s Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang, and good friend of Herman Munster, Floop (Garcia). Zombie also shared behind-the-scenes looks at the film’s detailed sets, featuring coffin shelves, bat-themed chairs, and haunted dolls. The streaming rights to the film would land on Peacock, and all that creative investment has me wondering if the streamer isn’t looking to open the door to a new Munsters series or franchise.
Regardless, the cast and crew seem to have had a great time filming the project in Budapest. Last October, fans got their first glimpse of the new Munster family, including Frankenstein’s monster Herman (Phillips), vampire Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie) and undead grandpa (Roebuck). Not only does it look fantastic, it’s also shot in crisp black and white to match the original series.
A release date for “The Munsters” has yet to be announced, but it is expected to debut in theaters and on Peacock.