M. Night Shyamalan to inject life into ‘Tales from the Crypt’

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Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt

Remember HBO’s ‘Tales from the Crypt’ from the 90s? If not, you are either too young or don’t subscribe to HBO. But fret not if you haven’t seen the horror series, as it is poised to ‘rise from the dead’, thanks to M. Night Shyamalan, popular director for supernatural productions such as ‘Sixth Sense’, ‘The Visit’ and ‘The Village’.

TNT (Turner Network Television), the company behind the Tales from the Crypt reboot, recently announced plans to create a new 2-hour block of horror programming that would be anchored by the horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt.

The new series will be adapted from the comic book of the same title. Fans of the series would probably be disappointed to know that the signature Crypt Keeper might be dropped in the reboot. However, TNT Chief Kevin Reilly seems to have other plans for the skeletal puppet, a titular character in the series, but he is said to be saving the news for another announcement.

But M. Night Shyamalan’s Twitter post did help to shed some light on the new Crypt Keeper. He confirms that there will be a new Crypt Keeper that is cool, dark and different from the ghoul we know.

Kevin Reilly also shared how the two-hour horror block works. “It’s not a show, it’s an umbrella for what will hopefully be many shows. We’re going to put a variety of different genre shows…all united under the Tales from the Crypt brand. Night is definitely going to direct the first one and we’ll see how that evolves. And we’re definitely going to utilise the underlying comics.”

“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.”

The original series in the 90s ran for 7 seasons and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards for a whooping 7 times. It also featured notable directors like Richard Donner, William Friedkin, Tom Holland and Tobe Hooper.

We can’t wait to watch the new Tales from the Crypt, expected to be completed later this year.