Shyamalan’s TNT ‘Tales From the Crypt’ in Question Over Rights Issues
We haven’t heard much about M. Night Shyamalan’s proposed TNT reinvention of Tales From the Crypt in some time, and there might be good reason. According to reports, budget and rights complications have thrown a wrench into production, which could affect a 2017 premiere date, if not cancel the series outright.
Bloody Disgusting first reported that “a source close to the development process” confirmed “budget issues” with the project, which was to provide a cornerstone of TNTs new horror block with seasonal anthology Time of Death and new series Creatures. We’ve confirmed with TNT that a rep issued this statement on the delay:
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.
Previously greenlit for 10 episodes to air in 2017, the new Tales from the Crypt anthology series was said to feature a “newly reinvented Crypt Keeper” along with writing inspiration from the crowdsourced platform Wattpad. Tales From the Crypt is best remembered by its seven-season run on HBO in the ‘90s, despite the show’s origins having roots in the 1950s EC comics. From 1989 to 1996, the series also hosted countless celebrities as both actor and director, among them Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis.
We’ll hear more as Tales From the Crypt irons out its legal troubles, but has the Keeper been sent back to the graveyard?