The television horror anthology Tales from the Crypt is poised to rise from the grave 15 years after it ended its run on HBO.
Deadline reports that Gil Adler, creator of the original series, and Andrew Cosby, co-creator of Syfy’s Eureka, are partnering on a new incarnation that will abandon the anthology format and instead utilize characters from the infamous 1950s EC Comics series on which the show is based.
Created by EC Publisher Bill Gaines and editor Al Feldstein, Tales from the Crypt featured horror stories by such legendary talents as Wally Wood, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Bernie Krigstein and Felstein himself. The anthology utilized the Crypt-Keeper as its sinister host, a role that continued with the debut of the TV series in 1989. Despite, or rather because, of their popularity, Tales from the Crypt and its companion titles The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror were canceled in the mid-1950s, early victims of the Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency and the subsequent Comics Code Authority.
The resurrected Tales of the Crypt isn’t necessarily destined for a return to HBO, where it aired for seven seasons: Deadline reports it will be pitched to broadcast and cable networks, with Cinemax already hinting at interest.
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