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Here’s What Happened With TNT’s “Tales From the Crypt” (Exclusive)

I’ve got good NOOSE for you boils and ghouls!

Fans of “Tales From the Crypt” will have pleasant screams again in knowing that the project from TNT and M. Night Shyamalan isn’t dead.

Last night we told you that sources close to the development process had explained to us that the reincarnation of “Tales From the Crypt” was in hot water, if not dead altogether. There’s actually a reason the project went into hibernation.

We were able to reach a TNT representative for comment, who explained the situation in detail:

“The underlying rights to this classic, vintage property are complicated. TNT and others have been pursuing a solution for more than a year, with significant progress being made. We look forward to the potential for further active development of this valuable franchise once the clearance process is fully resolved.”

So, according to TNT, some sort of rights or clearance issue has put the active development on hold until they can be figured out. This would explain why a 10-episode order had been greenlit while nothing has been shot as of this writing.

We hope to be able to bring you some good news in the New Year… you know what they say, if at first you don’t succeed, DIE DIE again!

“Tales From the Crypt” – part of TNT’s planned Horror Block, which was to also include “Time of Death” and “Creatures” –  was greenlit back in April as they were ramping up an initial 10-episode order of the anthology series that would have reinvented the Crypt Keeper, based on the original EC Comics.

In August TNT president Kevin Reilly said to expect the show in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The project was announced as a new block of terror and suspense that was to be curated by Shyamalan, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable, and executive producer of the the Fox series “Wayward Pines.”

The block was said to feature both short and long-form storytelling, led by the “Tales From the Crypt” anthology series, executive-produced by Shyamalan, his partner at Blinding Edge Pictures, Ashwin Rajan; Endgame’s James Stern; and Aloris Entertainment’s John Santilli and Dan McKinnon.



  • Fracassi

    Hopefully they overcome the DIEcensing issues soon.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Well shit.

  • Makes sense considering they didn’t have the rights to the “The Cryptkeeper”. Maybe they’re trying to bring it back more in line with the original run than initially thought.

    • Creepshow

      You’re exactly right. The Cryptkeeper is the only thing that will make this feel comfortable. There are probably talks going on about how much dough it will cost for them to use of him.

      • BLKHRT

        He’s the one good bit of consistency from the series and I could only imagine how hard a series without the character would be to market, especially to the nostalgic types who have that familiarity with the previous product.

      • Fingers crossed they pull it together.

    • Sister Ruth

      I’m totally fine with them doing their own thing. I absolutely wouldn’t mind the return of the Cryptkeeper, but if that’s the only thing holding them back, I’m cool with them moving forward without him. I’m a huge fan of all the EC titles. I would love a rotating cast of the Cryptkeeper, the Vaultkeeper and the Old Witch hosting different stories. Maybe rotate who hosts per episode. Three stories per episode is too much, like the Tales from the Cryptkeeper cartoon. The Cryptkeeper’s stories could be pulpy with an ironic twist. The Vaultkeeper would have more straightforward, “serious” horror stories and the Old Witch kooky, over the top splattery, campy stories. Honestly, I’ve wanted this since I was a kid and discovered the comics after loving the TV series.

      • VTTM

        OMFG, why aren’t you involved in this? I wish this project was in your hands. I loved your concept!

        • Sister Ruth

          Ha, thanks! I’ve literally wanted this to happen for a good 20-ish years so I’ve had a lot of thoughts.

  • RedNeoCon

    TNT? That means no excessive nudity, violence, sex, drugs, etc. What a joke.

  • Sweet Reaper

    So Brad Miska, maybe you’ll learn to NOT print a whole article calling it “exclusive” saying that something has been cancelled, when really you didn’t research ANY facts about the situation and just went on what your buddy told you!?
    You are the worst fucking “reporter”.

    • Travis_Bickle

      Calm down pee wee, he never said it was officially cancelled. Read the article, he never said anything was definative and even said Shyamalan hadn’t said anything about it, in spite of being very vocal in social media.

      Fight the real enemy bro #pizzagate

      • Sweet Reaper

        Cool story bro.

    • His article is actually accurate. He reported that they’re not moving forward with it right now, and they aren’t, because they have to sort out the rights issues first. Some rights issues took decades to solve. Just look at how much it took Warner Bros. to solve the rights issue with 20th Century Fox re. the “Batman” 1960s TV series. Or “The Addams Family”. Barry Sonnenfeld’s first theatrical movie was in a limbo after its initial DVD release. Outside of the US (and territories where Paramount had the rights), it was never released on that format. And Paramount couldn’t move forward with a HD release. They finally settled the issues a couple of years ago, with Paramount keeping US rights and MGM the foreign ones.

      • Sweet Reaper

        Thanks I couldn’t read the article the first time. My Hero.

        • Travis_Bickle

          god damn you are the laziest troll in history

  • zombie84_41

    So other words its never happening could of just leaded with that.

    • Travis_Bickle


      • runamonk

        It’s okay, he voteded for Trump.

        • Travis_Bickle


      • Vincent Kane


        • Travis_Bickle

          “Should have led with that” – what you ment?

          • Vincent Kane

            Oh ok that’s what I mented…

      • zombie84_41

        yes I’ve created a new and improved word. Get use to it.

        • Travis_Bickle

          get ‘used’ to it?

  • Brandon Eaton

    TNT just ran a contest for writers to create a short horror story to be turned into an episode, So I don’t think its dead. The competition hasn’t even ended yet, but the time frame involved in the contest I would assume they start filming early 2017. I think they just wanted to keep it all under wraps since they started license battle that way when it airs it’ll be a surprise.

    • BrannigansLaw

      Just jumped onto Wattpad and that competition is closed.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    man that intro was so epic.

  • Erik The Red

    HBO should be doing this, not a censored to shit version on TNT. TWD suffers greatly from censorship. Instead of Negan saying Fuck all the time, AMC’s answer is to change Negan’s favorite word to Shit. What the shit?

  • It seems like part of the rights still belong to the Tales From The Crypt Holdings company set up by Joel Silver, David Giler, Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis and Walter Hill.
    Man, the 1980/90s version had some GREAT talent involved. I hope that if they get this off the ground, they can get people as talented as them to work on the show. I’d really love for Hollywood directors such as Quentin Tarantino, James Wan, Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Nolan, Tim Miller, David Fincher, and much more directing an episode each.
    That’s one thing I loved about the series: you could see huge directors just going crazy with the horror, gore and madness for once, and really pushing the envelope.
    Anything less and I’d be disappointed.

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