Within the next month or so, Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller may have two series on NBC. He is behind two high-profile projects, The Munsters and Hannibal, both of them on a script-to-series track. Fuller originally developed a reboot of the 1960s comedy series The Munsters last season and his was one of very few scripts new NBC chief Bob Greenblatt kept in play when he took over the network in January. Greenblatt rolled the project to get it redeveloped by his team. Fuller’s new outline submitted in Septemer was received well (it was the talk of NBC’s pre-Emmy party), and his draft was just delivered on Friday. Word is that NBC, which may pull the trigger on a series order as early as this week, envisions the new Munsters as a potential summer or event series. Like Fuller’s previous series, Pushing Daisies, the project features striking visuals mixed with all the classic Munsters archetypes. Grandpa Sam Dracula is essentially Dracula who assembled Herman because no man was good enought for his daughter Lily, a sexy vamp. Lily’s niece Marilyn the freak is actually normal and Lily and Herman’s only child, Eddie, has his werewolf tendencies surface in puberty, forcing the family to relocate to their famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address. Separately, Fuller is writing Hannibal, a drama series for Gaumont International Television and producer Martha De Laurentiis, which NBC just bought preemptively. Fuller is writing the script about based on the iconic literary and film character Hannibal Lecter against a 13-episode commitment, meaning that the script will trigger a 13-episode series if NBC likes it. (NBC has a short window to decide upon receiving the draft, with a potential release triggering a penalty.) I hear the network first got interested in the project when Fuller mentioned it casually to the network’s new entertainment president Jennifer Salke over drinks. A well-known foodie as evidenced by Pushing Daisies, I hear Fuller was attracted to the dark, sick side of Hannibal, who tends to feast on his victims.
In addition to the 2 NBC projects eyeing series pickups, Fuller is writing a live-action addaptation of Pinocchio, which is awating green light from Warner Bros., and has another high-profile feature gig in the works. Additionally, Fuller has 2 cable projects, which stem from his previous overall deal at NBCU, with Pushing Daisies alums Jim Danger Gray and Lisa Joy. High Moon, an adaptation of the classic novel Lotus Caves, which Gray is writing and Fuller supervising, is in serious contention at Syfy, with Cary Granat’s Granat Entertainment producing. And at USA, Fuller is supervising Joy on Mind Fields, which is produced by Howie Mandel. Outside of TV and film, WME-repped Fuller has his design/furniture business with art director/interior decorator Scott Roberts, Fuller+Roberts Co.
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