M. Night Shyamalan-produced series leads network's horror block

By Joey Nolfi
April 14, 2016 at 09:24 PM EDT

M. Night Shyamalan previously teased the imminent return of the Crypt Keeper in March, and now TNT announced it has officially ordered a 10-episode anthology revival of the former HBO series, which was based on a 1950s series from EC Comics and originally aired from 1989–1996.

TNT’s Tales from the Crypt reboot will feature a “newly reinvented” Crypt Keeper as it headlines a new slate of horror-focused programming for the network. Pilots for Time of Death, a midwestern slasher series chronicling a “long night of hell,” hour-by-hour per episode, and Creatures, a psychological thriller about two friends attempting to sacrifice a classmate’s heart, were ordered as the initial foundation for the genre block. Shyamalan serves as executive producer on Tales from the Crypt and will curate both short and long-form projects for the block, which will be strung together by the Crypt Keeper’s “guidance,” according to a release.

“I’m really thrilled about the way this horror block is coming together with the addition of Time of Death and Creatures,” Shyamalan said in a press statement. “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.”

Since being nominated in 1999 for writing The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan has suffered a slew of critical flops, though he regained his footing on the genre with a successful series (Fox’s Wayward Pines) and a box-office hit (The Visit) to his recent credit.

TNT’s reboot of Tales from the Crypt is slated to premiere in 2017.

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