M. Night Shyamalan‘s Tales From the Crypt reboot comes back from an early grave, but don’t get too excited yet, it may not have long on this TV earth. Reports have been circulating that the TNT series, which received the green light and a 10 episode order was in danger due to budget issues. It’s unclear if that’s a real problem, as now another issue has reared it’s head…rights issues. While TNT insists that the anthology series is still moving forward; it seems to be running into more and more roadblocks by the month. Will Tales from the Crypt Reboot ring in the new year or finally be laid to rest six feet under? Find out after the jump.
TNT has been touting a premiere for M. Night Shyamalan‘s Tales From the Crypt within the fourth quarter of 2017, as a part of the networks “horror block,” featuring two other horror shows already greenlit, Time of Death and Creatures. Shyamalan is executive producing both of those shows as well. Time of Death is an anthology series with episodes occurring in real time, while Creatures is a psychological thriller about two friends haunted by a monster.
Of course Bloody Disgusting got an exclusive scoop on the current fate of the show. It’s in jeopardy, if not already dead. When reached for a comment, TNT denied a part of this story. The reported budget disagreements are not brought up, but instead they discuss an issues with clearing the rights for the show:
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.
A few months ago, TNT and TBS President Kevin Reilly got candid about the rights issues. When asked about creating a new Crypt Keeper, which has been a sore subject for fans of the original series, who’ve made a point to voice their distate on “changing” or “removing” the character that made the original show so popular. Reilly responded that they’d have to be careful:
That’s also a little bit of a legal thing too. The rights on this are just a disaster. It’s been a mess trying to sort out. There are so many people that seem to have an ownership position on this. So yeah, that’s both a creative and legal thing.
In a mire of Television programs that are reboots of good classic shows, it seems that sometimes networks go too far to get the geeks, freaks and lovers of all that is odd and spooky to spend their time on watching these shows with the idea of profit on the other end. Sometimes it’s good to just leave good shows alone. This is definitely one of many cases in point. No matter what the resolution in this, we can only hope that TNT hasn’t hinged it’s whole “horror block,” on “Tales from the Crypt” as the sole draw.
It’s been said that the Tales from the Crypt reboot is a combination of original stories, adaptations of the comics, and even crowd-sourced stories. The reboot is inspired more by William Gaines and Al Feldstein‘s 1950s comic book of the same name than HBO’s adaptation, an anthology series that aired from 1989 to 1996. The new TNT series, if it happens, will feature a new version of the Crypt Keeper, a character who originated in the EC Comics. So boils and ghouls, stay tuned to Nerdbastards for the latest news on Tales from the Crypt.