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M. Night Shyamalan’s Tales From the Crypt Will Draw on Comics

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Tales From the Crypt Will Draw on Comics

M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming reboot will “Tales from the Crypt” draw inspiration, and stories, from the original EC comics, as well as the “absolutely naughty” vibe of the HBO series, the filmmaker reveals.

Speaking with Crave, Shyamalan discussed his vision for the iconic Crypt Keeper, explaining, “For me, the Crypt Keeper is kind of a cataloguer of men’s sins. I love that, the dark angel that has all these books of man’s sins and tells you another one.”

In a a previous interview, Shyamalan only revealed that the Crypt Keeper would be part of the series. In some ways, he was similarly tight-lipped in this conversation, but at least seemed to suggest the skeletal, cackling host will have serve his typical role.

Asked what “Tales from the Crypt” means to him, Shyamalan replied, “To me, I grew up in an immigrant Indian house so it was very forbidden … I’d have to sneak over to my friend’s house, sleep over there. I went over to Michael Popky’s house to watch it … it represents forbidden-ness.”

He continued, “But obviously you get that kind of forbidden-ness in so many shows now … I do think that the thing that’s solely ‘Tales’ is…You know, that dark kind of, ‘That was inappropriate!’ Funny, scary, weird. That funny/scary mix.”

Shyamalan also said he is “curating” the “Tales from the Crypt” stories from the original comics, rather than writing all of them himself. “Well, I’ll update them, hopefully,” he added. Plots from “Vault of Horror” and the rest of the EC Comics line are also considered “fair game” for the new series. “I have a folder of my favorites, like my 20 or 30 favorites.”

While he said there “definitely there will be a different line [to what you can do],” because the series is on basic cable rather than HBO, he still hopes it will be “irreverent and okay with doing taboo stuff.”

The reboot of “Tales from the Crypt” is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT near the end of 2017.

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