After receiving a ten-episode order from TNT last year, TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly revealed yesterday that M. Night Shyamalan’s Tales From The Crypt reboot has been put to sleep following a bit of a “legal mess.”
The news comes courtesy of a sit-down between Reilly and Deadline, where he teased future projects for the network, including a recently announced Ridley Scott series. Although a teaser had been revealed for Shyamalan’s planned reboot, which would have drawn more from the comics than the original television series, it appears that the project recently died following a legal battle concerning rights.
“That one got really caught up in a complete legal mess unfortunately with a very complicated underlying rights structure,” Reilly said of Tales From the Crypt. “We lost so much time, so I said, ‘Look, I’m not waiting around four years for this thing’. Maybe that will come back around but in the meantime, Ridley Scott had come up, who has so much creative enthusiasm.”
Well ahead of the original television series, which aired from 1989 through 1996, Tales from the Crypt began life as a comic book created by William Gaines and Al Feldstein for EC Comics, which published the series from 1950 to 1955.
Shyamalan, best known for directing horror films like The Sixth Sense and his most recent hit, Split, was set to serve as executive producer alongside his Binding Edge Pictures partner Ashwin Rajan, Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern and Aloris Entertainment’s John Santilli and Dan McKinnon.