While there are a few films that got me into horror, nothing had a greater impact than HBO’s “Tales From the Crypt,” their anthology television series, hosted by the Crypt Keeper, adapted from various EC Comics stories.
While we still don’t have Blu-ray or HD releases of the series that ran from 1989-96, and spawned two movies, TNT is looking at reviving the franchise with horror maestro M. Night Shyamalan – yes, the director best known for The Sixth Sense and the more recent The Visit and “Wayward Pines” (both of which were awesome).
TNT has ordered a two-hour horror block curated by Shyamalan and led by “Tales From the Crypt,” reports TheWrap.
What exactly does this mean? Well, here’s some info.
While details about the programming block are scarce, the two hours are set to consist of short- and long-form storytelling. The “Tales From the Crypt” segment will be based on the original and feature new stories — all exec produced by Shyamalan and his Binding Edge Pictures partner, Ashwin Rajan. The night is expected to include such elements as “Tales” stories, a serialized one-hour anthology that could potentially be several episodes at the end of a season as well as other yet-to-be determined content.
Set to launch in the fall, TNT is expected to announce additional series to be featured in the horror block in the coming months!
“I couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with Kevin Reilly, Sarah Aubrey and the entire TNT team in this unique endeavor. To be part of such a beloved brand like ‘Tales From the Crypt,’ something I grew up watching, and to also have the chance to push the boundaries of genre television as a whole, is an inspiring opportunity that I can’t wait to dive into,” stated Shyamalan.
The TNT entry marks the latest incarnation of horror anthology “Tales”. The series originated as a 1950s EC Comics series created by William Gaines. In addition to Shyamalan and Rajan, James D. Stern (Looper, Freeheld) will exec produce via his Endgame Entertainment. Aloris Entertainment’s John Santilli (The English Teacher) and Dan McKinnon (Missing William) will also executive produce. The original comics spawned multiple seasons of the cult classic for HBO and became a worldwide brand.