M. Night Shyamalan’s new Tales From The Crypt series might already be floating to the top of the tank, as TNT has confirmed it’s having trouble securing rights for the original comic, which means the series could get delayed or scrapped.
We haven’t heard much about the Tales From The Crypt reboot ever since it was announced back in April. At the time, it was set to be the cornerstone of TNT’s new Horror Block, along with seasonal anthology Time of Death and brand-new series Creatures. However, Bloody Disgusting revealed this week that TNT’s Tales From The Crypt is in trouble because of “budget issues” with the project. While that rumor still hasn’t been confirmed, a TNT representative did say they’re having trouble getting rights to the original 1950s series from EC Comics:
“The underlying rights to this classic, vintage property are complicated. TNT and others have been pursuing a solution for more than a year, with significant progress being made. We look forward to the potential for further active development of this valuable franchise once the clearance process is fully resolved.”
The series was set to come out late 2017 with a 10-episode season, featuring a “newly reinvented Crypt Keeper” based on the original comic book character. The TNT rep said “progress” has been made on securing rights for the show, but it doesn’t look like the problem’s been resolved yet. While the series hasn’t been canceled outright, the rights issues could mean a delay for the debut at the very least. That means TNT’s Horror Block might get pushed to 2018...if it happens at all.