Chief Creative Officer Kevin Reilly recently updated Deadline on the status of the embattled Tales from the Crypt reboot in the works at TNT. Regular readers of Horror Freak News will remember that, when we last reported, the show was all but dead on arrival, owing to a complex tangle of legal issues surrounding the original property rights. To recap:
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.”
“It’s been fun with lawyers, it’s been really fun,” Reilly said today in a press scrum session about the state of Tales. “We did not know from the get-go or else we would not have announced it and made a big deal out of it. But in fact there were rights. It is among the most — if not the most — complicated rights structure I’ve ever seen in my career, and we had no idea as we got into it. It became a nightmare. So we said, ‘Fine.’ If and when this gets cleaned up, we’ll revisit.”
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If I were a betting man, I’d say “If and when” is code for “Not a chance in hell”. What do you guys think? Sound off in the Comments section!