Horror fans are going to have to wait a little bit longer for the Tales from the Crypt remake, as the series has been delayed due to rights issues. In the official statement from TNT, it was revealed that the network is still working on coming up with a solution to this ongoing problem, saying “The underlying rights to the 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.”
The new Tales from the Crypt series was announced in January 2016, with director M. Night Shyamalan, famous for complex horror films like The Sixth Sense (1999), The Happening (2008), and most recently Split (2017), at the helm. TNT ordered 10 episodes of the remake, assuring fans that the new series will keep the episodic anthology format.
The new Tales from the Crypt will ideally kickstart TNT’s horror block, which will also include Creatures, produced by Sue Naegle. Shyamalan voiced his excitement for the new horror block, saying “that such a beloved property like Tales from the Crypt is launching our evening makes it an even more unique and exciting opportunity. Across the board, the level of talent has been very inspiring.”
The original horror anthology hit screens on HBO back in 1989, running from June 10 to July 19, 1996. Hosted by the creepy, pun-loving Crypt Keeper, the series featured plenty of notable guest stars and directors, including Sandra Bullock, Steve Buscemi, and Benicio del Toro. The success of the series lead to multiple film spin offs and a children’s cartoon, Tales from the Cryptkeeper. For now though, fans of the classic series will have to wait some time before the new remake series launches.