TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly has confirmed that filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s proposed reboot of the “Tales from the Crypt” franchise has been scrapped.
Reilly says the death of plans to bring back the Crypt-Keeper led horror anthology series was due to a tangled web of rights issues. He tells Deadline:
“That one got really caught up in a complete legal mess unfortunately with a very complicated underlying rights structure. 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 reference to Scott is with a science fiction-based block of programming the network hopes to launch in 2018 which Scott will shepherd.
That will replace the horror-themed block which Shyamalan was to see and which the ‘Crypt’ reboot was to serve as the main anchor for.