Butch Patrick Protests “Munsters” Remake; Kristen Bell Courted For Role Of Marilyn
It’s safe to say that the proposed revival of The Munsters will not feature Butch Patrick in the role of Herman! The former child star who played kid vamp Eddie Wolfgang Munster on the smash ’60s series is publicly protesting NBC’s plans for a modern day reboot of the cult classic.
In the meantime, former Veronica Mars actress Kristen Bell is already an early favorite for the role of blonde “ugly duckling” Marilyn Munster.
Partrick — who recently became engaged to a devoted Munsters fan he met online earlier this year — insists a new version of The Munsters is “not going to do well” and was outraged to learn that Universal Studios is working on a second sequel based on the original program, which starred Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo.
“Honestly, it should be left alone. I think it shows they are desperate for content. Unless they get Brad Garrett to play Herman, it’s not going to do well,” Patrick told TMZ.com last week.
Despite Patrick’s displeasure with seeing the show that made him a star re-adapted, Brian Fuller, the mastermind behind television’s cult hit Veronica Mars, wants to reteam with the show’s star — Kristen Bell — when he brings The Munsters back to the small screen with a plot that insiders describe as “Modern Family Meets True Blood.”
The Munsters aired for three season before being yanked from the primetime lineup in 1966, following the success of Adam West’s Batman. The show was later rebooted for the small screen in the ill-fated spinoff The Munsters Today, which premiered in 1988.