TNT’s entire horror universe appears to be crumbling, with the cable channel passing on even filming the pilot for “Let the Right One In”, and still being stuck in some sort of rights battle for the long-delayed “Tales From the Crypt” revival.
We told you exclusively here on Bloody back in December that there were rights issues holding up the M. Night Shyalaman series that would have been the central part of a new “Horror Block”.
At the time 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.”
In Deadline’s report on “Let the Right One In”, they shared the exact same phrasing from TNT, which is disheartening because it alleges that not much has changed since late 2016.
“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 2016 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 2016 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.
Some early promos had leaked online, but have since been removed. Here’s a shot from one: