Last year, TNT told Bloody Disgusting that rights issues have delayed their “Tales From the Crypt” revival, which was to be part of an M. Night Shyamalan curated horror block. In August 2016 TNT president Kevin Reilly said to expect the show in the fourth quarter of 2017.
But now he’s signing a different tune. After small optimism, Reilly tells Deadline that they’re moving on from the project and instead focusing on Ridley Scott’s new anthology series.
“That one got really caught up in a complete legal mess unfortunately with a very complicated underlying rights structure. We lost so much time, so I said, ‘Look, I’m not waiting around four years for this thing’. Maybe that will come back around but in the meantime, Ridley Scott had come up, who has so much creative enthusiasm.”
“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.
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.
With that said, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CAN WE PLEASE GET THE HBO SERIES ON BLU-RAY?!