When the name “Tales from the Crypt” comes up, people immediately think of the iconic puppet character the Crypt Keeper. Serving as the gross and cheeky host of the 1990s HBO anthology series, he was the common face and mascot for the anthology series throughout its original run.
Earlier this week came word that M. Night Shyamalan will produce a new version of the show for TNT sometime this year as part of a weekly two-hour block of horror programming. At the time it wasn’t indicated whether the Crypt Keeper would return.
Now, Bloody Disgusting reports that he definitely won’t be back as HBO still owns the rights to the character which, though named after a character from the 1950s series of comics from which the franchise is based, is essentially a creation of the original HBO show.
Instead, they say the new show “will be highlighted by an old man with a cane, wearing a hood, and keeping warm by a fireplace.” John Kassir, the voice of the Crypt Keeper, has also weighed in on the report:
I’ll go on record, "Crypt Keeper as we know him is more popular than ever & it’d be a sham/shame not to have him host the show!!!!!
— John Kassir (@JohnKassir) January 7, 2016
The site also reportedly indicates that the current plan is for a single season long story which would potentially deal with voodoo in New Orleans and come from some of the writing team behind Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove”.