It’s been a full year since we first started reporting on a Tales from the Crypt reboot in the works at TNT with lauded horror practitioner M. Night Shyamalan as showrunner and curator, but the production has been turbulent. Originally ordered for a 10-episode run, the series was instantly stalled over copyright issues surrounding the iconic Crypt Keeper; while TNT got the rights to the property, HBO would retain ownership of the vastly popular character, voiced by John Kassir.
Then last December, the folks at Bloody Disgusting announced the series had officially been put on ice:
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.
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While the show has still not been officially axed, BD asked for an update from TNT recently, and it’s as evasive as it is vague:
“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.”
When they say, “significant progress being made” I hear: “Don’t hold your breath and quit asking!”
Of course we’ll keep you updated as additional details emerge, just don’t expect Tales from the Crypt to be unearthed anytime soon. Check out the original trailer TNT released back in 2016 below.
Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO’s Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989 to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel HBO for seven seasons with a total of 93 episodes. The title is based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and most of the content originated in that comic or the other EC Comics of the time (The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories, and Two-Fisted Tales). The show was produced by HBO.