TNT President Kevin Reilly recently had an interview with Slash Film confirming earlier reports and bringing clarity to the final release date. “The anthology will be part of it every week and then there’ll be rotating different serialized original hours,” Reilly said.
He is even hoping to get fan stories added to the series. There will be some hurdles legally to be worked out. “Some of those shorts are going to be crowdsourced ultimately,” Reilly said. “I don’t even think we’ve announced this yet but we are working with Wattpad and ultimately I’d like some material to come from [from viewers]. We have some Guild issues we need to work out on this, but I’d like fan fiction to essentially make its way to our air.”
Yes, you can bet we will indeed see a brand new Crypt Keeper involved in the production, “That’s also a little bit of a legal thing too,” Reilly said. “The rights on this are just a disaster. It’s been a mess trying to sort out. There are so many people that seem to have an ownership position on this. So yeah, that’s both a creative and legal thing.”
Tales From the Crypt is still over a year away, so there’s time to work those details out. “Tales will be on towards the end of ’17, in the fourth quarter ’17,” Reilly said.
Tales from the Crypt will be seated at the center of each week’s new lineup.
“I’m really thrilled about the way this horror block is coming together with the addition of ‘Time of Death’ and ‘Creatures,’” said Shyamalan. “That such a beloved property like ‘Tales from the Crypt’ is launching our evening makes it an even more unique and exciting opportunity. Across the board, the level of talent has been very inspiring.”
Time of Death – another anthology of season-long horror tales that unfold in real time – each one taking viewers hour-by-hour through a single “long night of hell.” The first season will follow a murderous psychopath who returns to his Midwestern hometown during the annual county fair to exact revenge on a community he believes destroyed his life. The pilot for Time of Death was written by Guy Busick (Watch Over Me) and newcomer R. Christopher Murphy, with Shyamalan and IM Global Television’s Mark Stern and Stuart Ford executive producing.
Described as Friday the 13th meets Friday Night Lights, the first season of Time of Death functions as a proper nod to the great slasher films of the 1980s, with plans to see future seasons inspired by the traditions of other horror subgenres.
Creatures, now officially in development, is a sophisticated psychological thriller that tells the disturbing tale of two former best friends who, at 12 years old, tried to cut out their classmate’s heart as a sacrifice to an Internet bogeyman they invented called Mr. Gorgi. Fifteen years later, the two young women have been released from a psychiatric institute into their small town in Alaska, but it’s not long before they start to feel the alluring and terrifying presence of Mr. Gorgi once again.
Creatures is a story of deep friendship and dark obsession, where a vivid imagination meets the power of suggestion and the seduction of belief. The script is being written by BAFTA Award winner Dominic Mitchell (In the Flesh) and produced by Sue Naegle’s Naegle Ink. Tom Shankland (House of Cards) is attached to direct and serve as executive producer.