The good news for Tales from the Crypt fans is that producer M. Night Shyamalan may have changed his mind about making the show a seasonal episodic thriller. He now wants to return to focusing on individual stories, staying in tune with the original HBO classic. But the bad news is, this means the upcoming TNT series is still in development, and isn't arriving as soon as we thought.
This latest report comes from Bloody Disgusting, who were the first on the scene with details about the horror anthology. Producer M. Night Shyamalan is curating a two-hour horror block for TNT, which will include new Tales from the Crypt episodes. Back in January, the show was said to be following the current trend of episodic seasonal horror series, where one story is told over the course of a single season, much like American Horror Story, Scream and Scream Queens. It was also revealed that the show was ditching the classic Crypt Keeper because HBO still owned the rights to the puppet. Instead, the new show will introduce a completely rebooted Crypt Keeper.
The first 13 episodes of the Tales from the Crypt reboot were reportedly set in New Orleans and revolved around a voodoo plot. That apparently has been scraped. Now, M. Night Shyamalan wants to have standalone episodes that don't directly tie into one another. He explains.
"You know, I can't say 100% but I'm thinking right now, where I am, if you'd asked me this six months ago I would have a different answer, but where I am right now it's more individual 'Black Mirror' kind of stuff right now."
M. Night Shyamalan did, once again, also reconfirm that the show will revolve around a new Crypt Keeper. But each week, he will now be introducing individual short stories that are more in tune with the original comics and HBO series. They will also carry the same edge as the popular British anthology horror series Black Mirror, which looks at the effects of modern technology on society. That show was renewed last year for new episodes on Netflix. Black Mirror is considerably a lot more visceral and hardcore than the original Tales from the Crypt. We can expect that this new reboot will keep pace with what modern audiences are seeking in their horror entertainment. But, airing on TNT, it probably won't go so gleefully over the top.
Bloody Disgusting reports that the original Tales from the Crypt reboot screenplay for the first season, which revolves around voodoo, has been completed and floating around Hollywood for more than a year. Which means M. Night Shyamalan is likely restarting this all from scratch. Which means it might be a while before we actually see the first episode. What do you think? Is this the better way to go? Or were you exciting about one interconnected storyline as opposed to individual episodes? Sound off in the comment section below.