It’s Official: Rob Zombie is Working on a Munsters Movie
The next entry into Rob Zombie’s catalogue as a filmmaker will once again be a reboot of sorts of a classic franchise: The Munsters.
Rumors began to swirl about a Zombie remake of The Munsters earlier this year, but now it’s official. Posting on Instagram yesterday, Zombie revealed that he’s helming a film version of the iconic 1960s television sitcom, a gig he says he’s been seeking for two decades (Zombie is apparently a massive Munsters admirer; as of 2010, he’d allegedly already seen every episode at least seventeen times). He explained:
“Attention Boils and Ghouls! 💀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!”
Earlier rumors cast Jeff Daniel Phillips, who has had a role in every Zombie flick since Halloween II, as Herman Munster, while Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, is going to play Lily Munster. Two other regular Zombie players, Richard Brake and Dan Roebuck, will also be in the movie, in unspecified roles, as will Lost‘s Jorge Garcia and Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Bloody Disgusting also puts the budget somewhere in the $30-40 million range. Assuming that’s the case, it will be Zombie’s largest-budgeted movie to date, following the Halloweens, which reportedly cost $15,000,000 each.
Zombie’s Munsters will reportedly be released day-and-date (i.e. on the same day) in theaters and via Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming platform.
Zombie’s most recent film, 3 From Hell, came out in 2019. It was the third and final installment in the Firefly trilogy, which began with House of 1000 Corpses (2003), continued with The Devil’s Rejects (2005), and starred Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Richard Brake and Sid Haig. He also contributed two films to the Halloween franchise.