Tales from the Crypt

M. Night Shyamalan says his Tales from the Crypt reboot for TNT is now six feet under

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Dec 3, 2018, 2:16 PM EST

M. Night Shyamalan's seen a reboot in his career after flops like The Last Airbender, The Happening, and After Earth. Now, he's gearing up for the January theatrical release of Glass, a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split.

So, as it turns out, his film career was not beyong saving. What he could not save, however, was his reboot of Tales from the Crypt for TNT, which was meant to debut late last year; a teaser was released instead. Chatting with Digital Spy, the Sixth Sense director revealed the show will not be moving forward after all. 

"I think it's dead," he said. "We tried everything that we could. That was so mired in people that had rights to it, constantly mired from the original comic books to the people that did the original show and that was a very contentious era for that show and who was involved and all the stuff that had nothing to do with me, a generation before me. I begged them, 'Please just give me the rights, we'll do it this way, you're going to be really happy'. But it didn't work out that way and here we are."

Based on the EC comics of the same name by William Gaines and Al Feldstein, Tales from the Crypt was created by Steven Dodd and ran for nearly 10 years on HBO for a total of seven seasons and 93 episodes. The horror series followed an anthology format, telling different stories each time, with each episode prefaced and ended with a message from the Crypt Keeper, a decaying corpse (just a puppet) voiced by John Kassir. 

Because it aired on HBO, the show had a lot more liberties when it came to cursing, violence, and nudity. Since the original series ended in 1996, a number of fims and spinoffs have been produced, although none of them achieved the same amount of respectability or longevity. 

Glass shatters into theaters on January 18.