Over the weekend, it was reported that TNT's Tales from the Crypt reboot would not include the iconic Crypt Keeper puppet voiced by John Kassir. While HBO apparently owns the rights, producer M. Night Shyamalan confirms that there will be a new Crypt Keeper who is described as being much different from the ghoul we all know and love. He has this to say on his official Twitter.
"I'd never make Tales without the CK! Will be a new take on him as the puppet is property of HBO. Promise he'll be cool and dark!"
Bloody Disgusting was able to get some early intel on the series. They claim the new Crypt Keeper will be an old man in a hood, holding a cane. He will keep warm by a fireplace as he tells each story continued in the new episodes. This aspect of the series will be more true to the original EC comic upon which the property is based. The original Crypt Keeper was created specifically for the HBO version of the series.
It sounds like that might be the only thing that keeps true to the comic books, though. A further investigation into the rebooted series reveals that the original plan is for the Tales from the Crypt reboot to be more in line with American Horror Story. The first season is said to be thirteen episodes that tell one story throughout the season. There will be no weekly anthology stories, and the first episodes will have nothing to do with the EC comic. It was also said that the show is coming from the writers behind Netflix's Hemlock Grove. The first episodes will reportedly revolve around a New Orleans Voodoo curse.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed earlier this week that TNT is planning on launching a two-hour horror block, curated by M. Night Shyamalan, that will be led by this new version of Tales from the Crypt, which Shyamalan is producing. TNT president Kevin Reilly revealed during the network's TCA panel this past week, that this new version of Tales from the Crypt will be an hourlong show, with the rest of the two-hour block devoted to both long-form and short-form genre storytelling.
The network president said that they hope Tales from the Crypt will serve as an "umbrella" for several different shows throughout many genres. Are you upset that the original Crypt Keeper is not coming back? Check out M. Night Shyamalan's original tweet.
.@slashfilm I'd never make Tales without the CK! Will be a new take on him as the puppet is property of HBO. Promise he'll be cool and dark!— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) January 9, 2016