A trio of casting notices today, the first for NBC’s “Munsters” TV show reboot, now going under the title “Mockingbird Lane”. Not sure why they’re changing the title. I thought the whole point of rebooting an old TV show was for the brand name recognition.
Anyways, Jerry O’Connell (“Piranha 3D”) has been cast as Herman Munster on the show. Herman is the Frankenstein’s Monster patriarch of the oddball Munsters clan, who are blissfully unaware of their strangeness.
Showrunner/producer Bryan Fuller describes Herman Munster as “essentially a zombie in a constant state of decay — and he’s married to a woman who doesn’t age [Lily], there’s something very poignant there.”
See what I mean? It’s not like they’re changing the characters at all, so why change the title? Who even knows what “Mockingbird Lane” is? Everyone knows who “The Munsters” are. I’m just sayin’.
Meanwhile, director Wayne Kramer and Paul Walker’s reunion on the action-comedy “Pawn Shop Chronicles” has added a slew of names to its cast. The duo had previously worked together on “Running Scared”.
Walker will star alongside Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio, Pell James, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, Chi McBride, Ashlee Simpson, Kevin Rankin, DJ Qualls, Michael Cudlitz and Norman Reedus.
“Pawn Shop Chronicles” finds “a man searching for his abducted wife, a couple of white-supremacist meth heads and a sad sack Elvis impersonator all linked through items sold or found in a small Southern town’s local pawn shop.”
Kramer will direct from a script by Adam Minarovich, with Walker producing.
Young lads Douglas Booth (“LOL”) and Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson”) have signed on to play the sons of the titular Noah, to be played Russell Crowe. Booth will play Shem, while Lerman will play older sibling Ham.
Also, here’s some extra news: Liam Neeson, previously thought to be playing the villain in the film, is now out of the running. Jennifer Connelly, meanwhile, is still in the mix to play Noah’s wife, a role that would re-team her with Crowe (they worked together on “A Beautiful Mind”) and Arnofsky (who previously directed Connelly in “Requiem for a Dream”).
Aronofsky’s script for “Noah” is said to be a “re-imagining” of the familiar Bible tale. Look for it in 2014.