It was a week of gifts given, until it was all taken away.
Did TNT just pull the plug on their planned “Tales From the Crypt” reboot?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but a source close to the development process is telling me that the reincarnation of “Tales From the Crypt” is in hot water, if not dead altogether (allegedly for months now). What I’m being told is that budget issues has caused the M. Night Shyamalan project – part of TNT’s planned Horror Block, which was to also include “Time of Death” and “Creatures” – to cease development. This is all of the information I have at this time.
Update (Dec. 11): 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.”
“Tales From the Crypt” 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.
There’s no word on the fate of the entire Horror Block, which is something we’ll also have to keep an eye on.