TALES FROM THE CRYPT To Rise From The Dead, Shyamalan To Exec. Produce

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TALES FROM THE CRYPT To Rise From The Dead, Shyamalan To Exec. Produce
One of the horror world's favorite anthology TV series is set to be remade by one of mainstream cinema's most beleaguered directors, and I'm not sure how to react.

According to Deadline, M. Night Shyamalan, the director of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, has signed on with cable network TNT to executive produce a two hour horror block on the station that will be centered around a reboot of the HBO's Tales From the Crypt horror anthology series. The original Tales television show ran for seven seasons in the '90s and became one of the most popular horror related shows of all time. It consistently presented high production values and talent to match a wicked sense of humor and an envelope pushing mix of televised sex and violence.

Shyamalan, who also directed such largely unwatchable garbage as Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Happening, and After Earth has a big set of shoes to fill in following up producer Richard Donner's version of Tales from the '90s. However, Shyamalan doubters can probably take hope in the fact that the original series was largely successful because of the wild mix of authorial voices and directors behind the individual episodes. Hopefully the new boss sees that formula and decides to follow suit. 

No details have been provided apart from a 2016 air date and a generic statement from Shyamalan basically stating that he really loved the old show and wants to make something like it. As an aside, Tales From the Crypt is my all time favorite TV show, and I am happily reserving judgment in this case. The show's success was never tied to its original executive producers, but rather its well-defined tone and the wealth of material in the E.C. Comics canon.

Fingers crossed!

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