It had previously been reported that M Night Shyamalan’s Tales From The Crypt reboot had, as previously rumoured, run into some tricky legal issues at TNT, as the rights to the horror anthology classic proved to be somewhat more complicated than expected. As it turns out, those legal issues were enough to kill the Crypt Keeper’s return.
TNT president Kevin Reilly told Deadline that it’s not moving forward, and that they’ll be moving ahead with Ridley Scott’s sci-fi block instead, which as of yet doesn’t seem to have a concrete format but it’s clearly something that they’re very excited about. Unlike 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.”
They had previously planned a horror block with Crypt, Time Of Death and Creatures, but plans for that are clearly not a priority any more. “I haven’t ruled it out. We don’t have a specific property today but we’re open to it,” said Reilly.
Meanwhile, Shyamalan is keeping busy with his Split sequel Glass getting underway.
It seems to be a tough business bringing old horror anthology shows back from the dead, as Joe Hill’s Tales From The Darkside reboot never got the pilot stage (although he was able to adapt it into a comic). Still, with production on the Locke & Key TV show finally underway at Hulu with Carlton Cuse and Scott Derrickson, hopefully we’ll have Hill’s horrors on our TVs sooner rather than later.
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