M. Night Shyamalan is coming to TNT to develop a two hour block of horror and suspense content highlighted by a Tales from the Crypt reboot. Tales from the Crypt is a classic horror comic from the 1950s that was adapted into a 1972 film and an HBO series in 1989 through to the nineties. Children of the 90s may recognize it as the animated Tales from the Cryptkeeper which ran from 1993 to 1999 featuring milder stories for kids. Shyamalan will be executive producing the reboot and will most likely direct the first tale. Known for directing The Sixth Sense and Signs, Shyamalan has recently returned to form with The Visit and his executive produced series Wayward Pines. Tales from the Crypt is expected to launch this Fall on TNT.
Sarah Aubrey, TNT executive vice president of original programming, commented on selecting Shyamalan saying "This is a new genre for us in our series efforts and a great chance to partner with M Night Shyamalan, whose blockbuster hit The Visit reminded movie audiences and critics this past summer that he truly is a master of horror."
TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly offered more details on what to expect from the series. "It will be an umbrella for many shows, a variety of different genre shows, all united under the Tales brand, some of which will have a weird sense of humor or frightening." They are currently looking at four properties and Reilly stated the series "definitely is going to utilize the underlying comics." Reilly went on to say that the program will be an hour long, so we can surmise that other new series are on their way to fill Shyamalan's two hour block. News of these series is expected in the coming months.
Shyamalan had this to say of his appointment to the project, "I couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with Kevin Reilly, Sarah Aubrey and the entire TNT team in this unique endeavor." Regarding the series, he is proud "to be part of such a beloved brand like Tales from the Crypt" which he grew up watching and sees this as "the chance to push the boundaries of genre television as a whole."