We’ve known for awhile now that M. Night Shyamalan was working on a reboot for ‘Tales from the Crypt‘ which would crowdsource some of the episodes but we’ve just learned that they will also be using some of the classic comics as material as well! The anthology horror comics were originally run from EC Comics from 1950 to 1955 with 27 issues being released and some of these classics by William Gaines and Al Feldstein are to be expected to influence the show more than the HBO series that ran from 1989 to 1996.
Personally, I’m eager to see this unfold though I’m not quite sure how some of the most gruesome themes which popped up might be adapted to network television. Of course, if ‘The Walking Dead’ can get away Negan’s recent kills it shouldn’t be too surprising as what the series will be able to get away with.
In an interview, Shyamalan was mentioning that not only would the comics be an influence on the series but he had specific ones in mind for the show already:
“There’s a bunch. 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.”
TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly actually stated that we should expect more content timewise than what HBO used to deliver:
“I think it may even be longer than an hour. There’s going to be a half-hour anthology and then a one-hour original show with some shorts in between. So it’s part of a whole block. The original half-hour, sort of slightly comedic, kind of twisted [story] that Night himself is going to direct will be a part of it every week. Then we’re going to have rotating original one-hours. Then we’ve got shorts that’ll be part of it too.”
It is still too early for what to expect from the show but Shyamalan’s need to insert twists into anything he directs could be a great fit for a series that needs to surprise us on a weekly basis.
Are you looking forward to the ‘Tales from the Crypt’ reboot? Are you happy to hear that some of the original comics will be used as story ideas? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Slash Film
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