Yet another classic character from The Munsters was announced for Rob Zombienext reboot. Over the past few months, Zombie has revealed one character after another that will be featured in the new film. This even includes many minor characters from the classic sitcom, as Zombie seems intent on bringing as many characters from that universe into the reboot as possible.
On Instagram, Zombie reveals that Zombo, a horror TV host, is the next character to join the film. Including an image of Zombo in action, Zombie says, “After 56 years! The man… the myth… the legend returns! The one and only ZOMBO!
In the original TV series, Zombo was played by the late actor Louis Nye. It was featured heavily in a popular episode of The Munsters, called “Zombo”, originally aired in 1966. The episode follows Eddie (Butch Patrick) winning a TV contest to meet his idol, horror host Zombo. This makes Eddie’s father, Herman (Fred Gwynne), jealous, and in an attempt to impress Eddie, Herman attempts to adapt Zombo’s personality traits for himself.
Rob Zombie Fills Munsters Reboot With Nods And Easter Eggs
Zombie has announced several other characters who will appear in the reboot after being briefly introduced in the sitcom. Tomas Boykin will play Sheri’s werewolf brother, Lester Dracula, and Zombie has released an image of the actor in the role, pictured above. Herman’s boss, Mr. Gateman, played by Jeremy Wheeler, also returns for the reboot. A behind-the-scenes video recently revealed that Uncle Gilbert was also there for the party.
Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie and Dan Roebuck lead the cast in their respective roles of Herman, Lily and The Count. The film also stars Richard Brake, Sylvester McCoy, Jorge Garcia, Catherine Schell, Cassandra Peterson, Dee Wallace, Roderick Hill and Mark Griffith. Zombie also revealed that Pat Priest, who played Marilyn Munster on the classic sitcom, will appear in the reboot in an undisclosed role. It’s very clear that the filmmakers have great respect for the source material.
“To this day, you can watch them and still crack up,” actor grandfather Dan Roebuck said of the classic sitcom, via Horror Geek Life. “I know there’s been talk of recycling some jokes over the course of the show, but some sixty years later and seeing them again, you don’t mind at all. There were only a few more episodes of The Munsters that there was no Honeymooners, but we still get so many laughs from both of them, they’re timeless. These are such short races, but they will last forever.”
The Munsters does not have an official release date. Following rumors of a day-and-date release in theaters and on Peacock, it has since been reported that the film could be sold to Netflix for a streaming premiere. The film is currently still being shot in Budapest and should arrive before the end of the year.