Deadline is reporting that TNT will no longer be producing the reboot of Tales From The Crypt which was set to be produced by M. Night Shyamalan. After more than a year in pre-production, head of Turner Entertainment Kevin Reilly has pulled the plug on the series, instead partnering with Ridley Scott for a block of sci-fi programming instead. Kevin Reilly had this to say about the failure of the Tales From The Crypt reboot.
“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.”
The original Tales From The Crypt ran on HBO from 1989 to 1996. Robert Zemeckis was one of the original producers on the show. The show itself was inspired from the comic of the same name from publisher EC Comics. M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation as a director is mixed at best. He certainly has made some classics such as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Yet for every success, he has to live down movies like The Last Airbender and After Earth. He’s garnered some acclaim for his latest film Split, which ended up being an indirect sequel to Unbreakable yet he still has a lot of work to do in order to regain audience’s trust. While it’s unfortunate Tales From The Crypt won’t be back on television anytime soon, maybe holding off on the remake until the right person is on board.
So what do you think? Are you sad to hear Tales From The Crypt won’t be back soon? Would you have enjoyed it if M. Night Shyamalan were involved? Sound off in the comments section below.
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