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M Night Shyamalan bringing Tales from the Crypt back… without the Crypt Keeper?

January 8th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Horror fans rejoice! Tales From The Crypt, the comic turned TV show turned chilling anthology movie series will be seeing a return, thanks to none other than the master of the plot twist himself, M Night Shyamalan.

Entertainment Weekly (via Squareeyed) have reported that Shyamalan will be reinventing the concept as a TV series on US network TNT. It’s part of a brand new two hour horror block that “includes short and long-form programming led by Tales content and “curated” by the Sixth Sense director.”

When talking about the idea of reanimating the project, Shyamalan said “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.”

But wait! As we were writing we heard this bit of news from the folks at BloodyDisgusting

Now they stress that this is from a reliable source but not for deifinite, but it sounds like they have lost the plot if it’s true: “Tales From the Crypt will not feature the Crypt Keeper that was voiced by John Kassir because HBO owns the rights. In fact, Kassir himself tweeted, “…Crypt Keeper as we know him is more popular than ever & it’d be a sham/shame not to have him host the show,” furthering suspicions that this is how the series will play out.

“Instead, the new show will be highlighted by an old man with a cane, wearing a hood, and keeping warm by a fireplace. This is more in tune with the original EC comic, and even resembles the Old Witch quite a bit (see below).”

– So the Cryptkeeper we know is probably gone, but there’s more changes too apparently:

– It will be an American Horror Story type show, with one over-arcing story.

– It will have no anthology element and isn’t related to the comics.

– It’s written by the folks behind Hemlock Grove (?).

– The first series will revolve around Voodoo and will take place in New Orleans.

Not sounding terrible Tale from the Crypt, is it?  The last time Tales was on the small screen it ran as an R-rated fright fest for seven seasons on HBO in the 1990s.

Executive producers on the show include Ashwin Rajan, James D Stern, John Santilli and Dan McKinnon.

Tales From The Crypt will debut this fall.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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