M. Night Shyamalan on story selection for his new Tales From The Crypt series

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Nov 21, 2016, 11:02 PM EST (Updated)

Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) is shepherding TNT's new resurrection of Tales From The Crypt for the small screen, and horror fans of the vintage EC Comics and HBO series that ran from 1989 to 1996 are curious as to whether this revival anthology show will present original fright tales or adaptations of the sensationalized stories found in the nostalgic comics' retro pages.   Addressing these and other pressing questions for Crave Online during a press round for his new kidnapping movie, Split, it appears that Shyamalan will draw from the rich history of other classic EC Comics titles of the 1950s like The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear.

Here's what he had to say about the selection process and what HBO's Tales From The Crypt meant to him growing up:

"There’s a bunch, said Shyamalan. "I have a folder of my favorites, like my twenty or thirty favorites. I’m trying to remember them. I mean they’re so weird. There’s one where there’s a bewitching one, where an old lady bewitches and takes the wife, and the husband has to figure it out. He keeps the old lady in the closet but that’s really his wife now. They’ve swapped, you know? And he can’t kill this woman but she’s now a beautiful woman.

"To me, I grew up in an immigrant Indian house so it was very forbidden. Even HBO at that time was like, that’s not appropriate. You shouldn’t be watching it. So we didn’t have that. So I’d have to sneak over to my friend’s house, sleep over there. I went over to Michael Popky’s house to watch it."

The 10-episode horror block that will introduce some revamped version of the Cryptkeeper is being executive-produced and curated by Shyamalan and is set to premiere sometime in the fall of 2017. Are you ready to let Shyamalan redeem himself after a long string of disappointments, or will you run screaming from TNT's Tales From The Crypt next year?

(Via Bloody Disgusting)