Last month, we reported on copyright issues that are keeping a planned reboot of Tales from the Crypt on TNT from coming to fruition. The project, to be produced and curated by M. Night Shyamalan, was first announced more than a year ago but seems no closer to becoming an actuality. While the proposed TV show has not been officially iced, Bloody Disgusting has an inside source who gave fans little reason to hold out hope; here’s what that person had to say:
I hate the 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. 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.
A source from TNT gave a less dire, but unabashedly evasive answer when asked for confirmation of the show’s death in utero:
“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.”
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To understand the complex history of the show, Crypt fans should take 5 minutes to check out the video below from Dr. Udru: The History Of Tales From The Crypt. It includes everything from the creation of EC Comics in the 1940s, to the show’s 7-season run on HBO & to the impact of John Kassir as The Crypt Keeper, to the current limbo state of the reboot at TNT. Have a read and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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