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Rights Continue to Hold Up TNT’s “Tales From the Crypt” Revival

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.

[Related] My Favorite “Tales from the Crypt” Episode Starred Bill Paxton and Brad Dourif

“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:



  • Grimphantom

    Welp, who’s ready for some pancakes? Still time

  • Jada Maes

    I’m ok with it not happening. The old series is still eminently watchable, and the style isn’t Shymalan’s forte anyhow (bloody violence, trashy sex appeal, and “the biter bitten” endings that don’t fall apart when exposed to outside logic).

  • KSE1977

    While I think this could have been fun, when has any anthology done well with modern tv audiences? I refer to the anthology as in a new story every week, not one story for a whole season as AHS does.

    • Richter Belmont

      Black Mirror is the only one I can think of.

    • Graham

      I don’t think it’s been given enough of a chance. The last series I can think of that did it was Fear Itself but that was ten years ago. TV has changed a lot since that time and as Black Mirror, which was a pretty big success, has shown, I think this could have a shot. Especially on cable as opposed to network tv.

      • KSE1977

        Cable or streaming certainly helps, as does having solid actors taking part. In the end, the writing of Black Mirror really sets it apart. I will always support these types of programs, I just want them to be successful and last longer than the single fear itself season, which was actually fairly solid.

  • Grimphantom

    I really doubt John Kassir will return to voice the Crypt Keeper, they might bring someone else and probably this version of the Keeper will be more like the comics since again HBO hold the rights for the character from the original show.

    • Graham

      Yeah, I think they’ve actually said that in previous reports. Since HBO owns that incarnation of the Cryptkeeper, I think the plan is to create a brand new take. So sadly, no John Kassir.

  • zombie84_41

    Why don’t they team up then and get this shit rolling. Enough of he said she said.

  • DucksonAPlain

    Same rules we’ve had to deal with for a long, long time, it is just that now, there are websites that help you keep track of it.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Not losing any sleep over this.

  • FreddyKruegerWithSunglassesOn

    They just need to get Joe Bob Briggs back on.

  • Evan3

    This seems too odd to be true. As an attorney, I honestly can’t believe TNT would have invested this much time and expense without having an airtight grip on the rights. I wonder if they’ll just drop the “Tales” name and release it under another name.

  • Check the rights first. Then make a proper announcement. Really that thard?

  • Richter Belmont

    If it’s a rights issue over the name couldn’t they use ‘The Vault Of Horror’ or ‘The Haunt Of Fear’ as an alternative, or are those names under the ‘Tales From The Crypt’ umbrella also?

  • bigval

    I hope they’re able to get it up and going I really miss episodic anthology TV. Tales From The Crypt, Tales From The Darkside, Monsters, Amazing Stories and Masters of Horror.

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