The Hollywood Reporter broke today that cable-owned network TNT will be teaming up with supernatural flick master M. Night Shyamalan to revive the indie cult classic “Tales from the Crypt”. The new horror block, TNT plans to launch in the fall of 2016, will consist of a 2 hour block of television dedicated to the horror genre.
“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 Sarah Aubrey, executive vp original programming at TNT. “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.”
Few other details have been released regarding the project, it is set to consist of short- and long-form storytelling. The “Tales From the Crypt” segment will all be exec produced by Shyamalan and his Binding Edge Pictures partner, Ashwin Rajan and will be based on the original series featuring new stories. Night is expected to include such elements as “Tales” stories, a serialized one-hour anthology that could potentially be several episodes at the end of a season as well as other yet-to-be determined content. M. Night himself stating, “I couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with Kevin Reilly, Sarah Aubrey and the entire TNT team in this unique endeavor. 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.”
We’re excited to see what M. has in store for us!