Tales from the Crypt
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.
Deadline is reporting that writer/director/producer Chris Columbus (Harry Potter) will team with brothers Dan and Josh Braun to bring Creepy comics (and hopefully Uncle Creepy) to the big screen. Born in the mid 1960s, Creepy ran for 19 years until 1983 when it ceased. Dan Braun, an advertising professional, documentary filmmaker, and former rock musician who occasionally played at the CBGB in the early 80s, bought the rights to both Creepy and it’s sister horror anthology magazine, Eerie in 2007 and re-launched them. They are presently a part of the Dark Horse family.
Pulp horror fans who are a bit too young to know of the original Creepy will surely know Tales From the Crypt, the HBO series that celebrated the old 1950s EC comic book. That show ran from 1989-1996 and was, really, the last great horror anthology show/film, following in the footsteps of The Outer Limits (though that was more sci-fi), Creepshow, The Twilight Zone, and others. Now Columbus and company are doubtlessly looking to pay homage to those descendant and push the boundaries of this mostly abandoned genre — I for one can’t wait.
It’s been 15 years since HBO aired the anthology horror series Tales From the Crypt, based on the EC Comic of the same name, but a new “tale” is planned for television.
Gil Adler, who produced the HBO series that aired 1989 through 1996 (later spawning two feature films, Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood) will team with Eureka co-creator Andrew Cosby to develop the project. The new hourlong series will neither be anthological nor related to the HBO show. “It will be an ongoing series that uses characters from the comic books in a more modern context”. The series will be produced in cooperation with the estate of the late William M. Gaines, and the proposed project will be brought out for sale in the very near future. At this point an extremely detailed bible and “pitch” for the show has been completed.
Uh, WHAT!? What the hell does “using characters from the comic books in a more modern context” mean in an anthology comic where the only consistent character was the Cryptkeeper?
1. not an anthology
2. no host segments from the Cryptkeeper
3. not on HBO
Yea…. someone was literally all like “lets take something awesome and remake it into something completely different, slap the old title on it and run with it”. FUUUU!