Just as M. Night Shyamalan was beginning to emerge from the thistle of lost careers, the director's comeback hit a speed-bump, in a twist worthy of his very own films. According to ComicsAlliance, TNT's revival of the horror anthology "Tales from the Crypt" from Shyamalan has now been delayed due to rights and budget issues.
The newest adaption of the comic anthology from EC Comics was scheduled for a run of ten episodes, starting in 2017, as part of block of horror programming on TNT. A seasonal anthology show (similar to American Horror Story), called "Time of Death," was also planned, along with a new series, titled "Creatures."
The delay in production was first reported on Bloody Disgusting, in a story that indicated the project was in serious trouble. In response to the article, the outlet received an update from TNT on the situation (below). The statement seems to confirm that the show is currently stalled in its development, and that the network will update when they know more information.
"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 future of TNT's horror block, along with the status of the other shows, is currently unknown.
"Tales form the Crypt" began as a horror comic published by Entertaining Comics, better know as EC Comics. The company published the scandalous -- for the time -- book from 1950-1955. Most issues featured two or three short tales, with a host-of-sorts, The Crypt Keeper, serving as a connector between the spooky stories that often ended with a deadly twist.
The title was brought back into the mainstream media with early '90s adaption on HBO. Airing almost 100 episodes, with many of the original stories adapted, the show was very successful for several years. Throughout the seven seasons a who's who of actors and directors took part in the show, delighting and disgusting viewers.