It's a sad day for horror fans, as M. Night Shyamalan's Tales from the Crypt reboot looks like it won't be happening after all. The original Tales from the Crypt TV series ran on HBO for seven seasons, and even got a few feature-length films as well. The show was based on the comic book series of the same name, which started in the 1950s. Much like the comics, HBO's Tales from the Crypt functioned as an anthology series, with each episode being introduced and concluded by the Crypt Keeper; a decaying corpse with a dark sense of humor.
In 2016, it was revealed that Shyamalan was producing a reboot of Tales from the Crypt, which would air on TNT. The show was going to be part of a new two-hour horror programming block on the network, but in that same year, TNT announced that Tales from the Crypt was in jeopardy of being canceled due to rights issues. Eventually, the reboot of Tales from the Crypt was indefinitely stalled due to this same issue, but TNT reassured fans that they would revisit the property after the rights to the show were sorted out. Now that even more time has passed, the project looks like it definitely won't be happening.
While being interviewed by Digital Spy, Shyamalan explained that he thought Tales from the Crypt was officially dead. When asked what happened with his Tales from the Crypt reboot, Shyamalan stated, "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", which again reiterates the legal issues TNT has faced when it came to the series.
While Shyamalan has created some duds during his career like The Last Airbender and After Earth, many people still consider him a master of the horror and sci-fi genres. Recently, the director made a secret sequel to his 2000 film Unbreakable called Split, which starred James McAvoy as a man diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities. The third film in the trilogy, Glass, has set a release date for January 2019.
Since the comic books and HBO's TV show were so beloved by horror fans, the fact that Shyamalan's reboot won't come to fruition will be disappointing to a lot of people. Shyamalan seemed to have a genuine passion for the project when the Tales from the Crypt promo video was released online, but he's seemingly moved onto other projects in his career. Given the success of other anthology series like American Horror Story and Black Mirror, TNT would likely benefit from creating a new version of Tales from the Crypt, but unfortunately, Hollywood legalities have gotten in the way once again.
Source: Digital Spy