Bad news, friends. M. Night Shyamalan‘s reboot of Tales from the Crypt is off the docket, at least for now. Last year, TNT teamed with the Split director to reinvent the classic horror series as the centerpiece of a weekly two-hour horror programming block that would feature short and long-form storytelling curated by Shyamalan, hosted by a new Cryptkeeper. A few months later, the network issues a ten-episode order for the series and commissioned two new horror shows called Time of Death and Creatures to go with it. Things were looking good for a new weekly horror destination, but in a recent interview with Deadline (via our friends at Birth.Movies.Death) TNT president Kevin Reilly revealed that the horror block has been back burnered after they ran into rights issues with Tales from the Crypt.
“That one got really caught up in a complete legal mess unfortunately with a very complicated underlying rights structure,” Reilly said. “We lost so much time, so I said, ‘Look, I’m not waiting around four years for this thing’. Maybe that will come back around but in the meantime, Ridley Scott had come up, who has so much creative enthusiasm.”
Yep, it’s not all bad news. The network is now teaming up with Scott to develop a sci-fi block, which they’re looking to debut in 2018. While there may be some pilot pickups, Reilly says “it could be a series order. When you got Ridley, there are projects he is potentially interested in getting directly involved.” That might include directing, according to the report.
With Tales from the Crypt shelved, the horror block is taking a major hit but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. Asked if the network would carry on without Shyamalan’s series as the centerpiece Reilly said, “I haven’t ruled it out. We don’t have a specific property today but we’re open to it.”
Shyamalan’s in the midst of return to form with Split and The Visit, and his cheeky B-movie flair would have been a wonderful fit for a Tales from the Crypt reboot so this is some bummer news. Especially since it means we might loose two hours of weekly horror programming in the Tales from the Crypt legal woes.