M. Night Shyamalan will executive produce a new Tales From the Crypt TV series for TNT. Well, it’s actually being described as “a two hour horror block” featuring “short and long-form storytelling” for the network with a Tales From the Crypt “segment.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with Kevin Reilly, Sarah Aubrey and the entire TNT team in this unique endeavor,” said Shyamalan. “To be part of such a beloved brand like Tales from the Crypt, something I grew up watching, and to also have the chance to push the boundaries of genre television as a whole, is an inspiring opportunity that I can’t wait to dive into.”
Shyamalan is joined by partner Ashwin Rajan who both produced the sleeper hit “Wayward Pines” on FOX last summer. In addition to Shyamalan and Rajan, James D. Stern (Looper) is executive-producing with his company Endgame Entertainment. Aloris Entertainment’s John Santilli (The English Teacher) and Dan McKinnon (Missing William) will also executive produce. TNT will announce the additional series to be featured in the horror block in the coming months.
Based on the EC Comics series produced in the 1950s, stories from which the new series will adapt, Tales from the Crypt was previously adapted into a feature film in 1972 and then television on HBO where it ran for seven seasons and 93 episodes. The series featured new stories every week hosted by the iconic Crypt Keeper.
Tales from the Crypt was nominated for seven Primetime Emmys across its run and featured a number of notable directors from the genre, including Richard Donner (Superman, The Omen), William Friedkin (The Exorcist), Tom Holland (Child’s Play ,Fright Night), Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary, Pet Sematary II), and even some surprise directors such as Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks, Michael J. Fox, Kyle MacLachlan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.