Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is continuing to work his way back from exile, and the latest project on his plate is a reinvention of the horror anthology series Tales From the Crypt. Variety reports that the show is the first part of a two-hour block of horror-themed programming for TNT, all of which will be executive produced and curated by the filmmaker and his production company. The new Crypt will take its stories from the original 1950s EC Comic series, which also served as the inspiration for the HBO show of the same name. The HBO version of Crypt ran for seven seasons starting in 1989, but it's not clear if that show's Crypt Keeper character, or any other puppet hosts, will be involved in the new version.
Shyamalan rocketed to fame in 1999 with the release of The Sixth Sense, which set him up as a new kind of suspense auteur. While some of his following films still found success, audiences soon became tired of his reliance on twist endings (and needless cameos), until the bottom pretty much fell out of his thriller career with the release of the unintentional comedy The Happening. Subsequent films like Avatar: The Last Airbender and After Earth also failed to connect, but things started to turn around for Shyamalan when he turned to TV, directing the pilot episode of Wayward Pines, and then eventually making his return to horror films last year with the self-financed The Visit. When we talked to Shyamalan at Comic-Con 2015, he explained that jumping into the new medium of television had reinvigorated him, causing him to rethink how he handled movies. Given how The Visit deftly combined horror and comedy, a show like Crypt could end up being the perfect match.