Tales From the Crypt lives! TNT is reviving the anthology horror series with writer-director M. Night Shyamalan.
The project will be part of a new two-hour horror block at TNT that includes short and long-form programming led by Tales content and “curated” by the Sixth Sense director, who recently scored a sleeper success with Fox’s mystery-thriller Wayward Pines. “To be part of such a beloved brand like Tales From the Crypt, something I grew up watching, and to also have the chance to push the boundaries of genre television as a whole, is an inspiring opportunity that I can’t wait to dive into,” Shyamalan says.
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Tales is a Twilight Zone-style horror series best known for its R-rated run for seven seasons on HBO in the 1990s, complete with puppet host the Crypt Keeper (photo above). But the show’s origin dates back to a 1950’s EC Comics series created by William Gaines. In addition to Shyamalan, executive producers include Ashwin Rajan, James D. Stern, John Santilli, and Dan McKinnon. Tales will debut this fall.
TNT chief Kevin Reilly gave reporters some insight on how the two-hour Tales block would work: “It’s not a show, it’s an umbrella for what will hopefully be many shows. We’re going to put a variety of different genre shows…all united under the Tales from the Crypt brand. Night is definitely going to direct the first one and we’ll see how that evolves. And we’re definitely going to utilize the underlying comics.”
The series is sometimes confused with a similarly named anthology title, Tales From the Darkside, which The CW attempted to reboot with a pilot order last year, but declined to greenlight to series.