UPDATE: So I found some additional comments from TNT that seem to suggest that the new “Tales From the Crypt” won’t just be a show, but it’ll actually be an umbrella for the entire two hour block. Possibly like a bookend or some kind of host segment type situation that ties the other horror shows/programs together. Here’s what TNT chief Kevin Reilly told EW:
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 theTales 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.
And, of course, we all want to know if the original Crypt Keeper will be back for this new show. Shockingly, it would seem that John Kassir (the man behind the Crypt Keeper) is learning about this new show at the same time we are and doesn’t know if the Crypt Keeper will be involved yet.
Stay tuned for more.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: I’m really eager to see how you guys are going to react to this bit of news. A highly regarded and much beloved TV series is being revived by a man who is the target of a lot of ire.
According to Variety director M. Night Shyamalan is bringing “Tales from the Crypt” back to television with a new series set to appear on TNT. Apparently TNT is putting together a two hour block of horror for their network and “Tales from the Crypt” will be the first piece of that puzzle.
Here’s what TNT’s EVP of original programming, Sarah Aubrey, had to say about the project.
This is a new genre for us in our series efforts and a great chance to partner with M. Night Shyamalan, whose blockbuster hit ‘The Visit’ reminded movie audiences and critics this past summer that he truly is a master of horror. This two-hour horror block demonstrates not only TNT’s commitment to working with today’s top talents, but also our strategy to stand out in today’s marketplace by challenging the conventional rules of programming and scheduling.
Stories for the upcoming series will largely be based on plots used in the old comic book series along with a few original ideas. The new series is expected to premiere this Fall.
So what do you think? Excited? Cautiously optimistic? Something else? Let us know below.