Right as the new year was starting, it was announced that iconic horror and fantasy director M. Night Shyamalan was curating a two-hour horror block of programming for TNT. A Tales from the Crypt revival was said to be the main attraction. Today, Deadline reports that TNT has officially green lit the anthology series. And that 10 episodes of the show have been ordered.
This all-new Tales from the Crypt revival will reinvent the Crypt Keeper, with the show still based on the iconic EC Comics. Along with this horror anthology, TNT has given a pilot order for Time of Death, which will be a second anthology series that is 'season long', meaning that each season will tell one contained story. The cable network also has a third series in development. Creatures will be produced by Outcast's Sue Naegle. While it doesn't have a set production or debut date, it is stated new episodes of Tales from the Crypt will launch sometime in 2017.
HBO has the rights to the original Crypt Keeper that appeared on their version of the show. This new revival will be at the center of each week's horror line-up, with the new Crypt Keeper setting everything in motion. About curating and launching this exciting TNT horror block, M. Night Shyamalan had this to say.
"I'm really thrilled about the way this horror block is coming together with the addition of Time of Death and Creatures. 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."
Time of Death will unfold in real time, with each season-long tale taking viewers through a single, long night of Hell hour by hours. It's basically a horror version of 24. The first season is set to follow a murderous psychopath who returns to his hometown in the Midwest to stalk an annual county fair. He desperately wants to destroy the lives of those he believes destroyed his. Time of Death is being described as Friday the 13th meets Friday Night Lights. The first season is paying homage to the classic 80s slasher movies, with subsequent seasons to pay tribute to different sub-genres in horror. Guy Busick wrote the pilot alongside R. Christopher Murphy. M. Night Shyamalan and IM Global Television's Mark Stern and Stuart Ford are set as executive producers.
It was originally thought that the new Tales From the Crypt revival would also be a season-long anthology show. But M. Night later revealed that he was considering doing standalone episodes. That decision doesn't appear to have been made yet, as it is not confirmed in this new report.
Creatures is said to be a psychological thriller. It tells the tale of two former best friends who, when they were twelve, tried to cut out the heart of a classmate and scarify the dead body to an Internet bogeyman they invented named Mr. Gorgi. 15 years later, these two young woman have been released from a correctional facility. And they start to feel the allure of Mr. Gorgi once again. BAFTA Award winner Dominic Mitchell write the pilot script. Tom Shankland, known for his work on the popular Netflix drama House of Cards, will direct and serve as an executive producer.