"Tales from the Crypt," the classic horror television anthology series, will be revived in the fall on TNT with the help of Oscar-nominated director M. Night Shyamalan.
The series, originally based on William Gaines' EC Comics series, was a cult original programming hit for HBO, running seven seasons from 1989 to 1996, reported Variety
"It is an umbrella for what hopefully will be many shows," TNT president Kevin Reilly said at a Television Critics Association executive session on Thursday.
"We're going to put a variety of different genre shows, some of which may have a weird sense of humor, some of which may be actually downright frightening, some of which may be a unique blend of genres, but all united under the 'Tales From the Crypt' brand. Night is definitely going to direct, most likely the first one, and we’ll see how that evolves," said Reilly.
Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, touted the collaboration with Shyamalan to The Hollywood Reporter
"This is a new genre for us in our series efforts and a great chance to partner with M. Night Shyamalan, whose blockbuster hit 'The Visit' reminded movie audiences and critics this past summer that he truly is a master of horror," said Aubrey,
"This two-hour horror block demonstrates not only TNT's commitment to working with today's top talents, but also our strategy to stand out in today's marketplace by challenging the conventional rules of programming and scheduling."
Shyamalan was nominated for two Academy Awards in 200 for best director and best screenplay for the Bruce Willis movie "The Sixth Sense."
"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, per The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
Shyamalan is the executive director of the Fox series "Wayward Pines," which was given the green light for a second season in December, according to Deadline.com
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