Tales From The Crypt, the cult horror series from the early 90s, is hopping on the nostalgia train and making a comeback, thanks to the teaming of M. Night Shyamalan and the TNT Network.
According to the story in Variety, Shyamalan and TNT seek to revive Tales From The Crypt and include it in a two-hour block of horror-based shows on the network. The director will have a hand in all of them, but appears to be specifically taking the reins of the anthology-style HBO series. The plots in these stories will pull directly from the original comics by William Gaines.
Sarah Aubrey, the TNT Executive VP of programming, had this to say about the marriage:
“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.”
While The Visit wasn’t a “blockbuster” necessarily (I realize she’s selling her new product), it was a wonderful retread for Shyamalan and a return to inventive, exciting horror. I’m not the biggest fan of the director getting bogged down in TV remakes, but if he were to add to his TV credits beyond Wayward Pines, I suppose Tales From The Crypt is a good place for his talents as a storyteller.
Tales From The Crypt will debut with the TNT two-hour block this fall.