Written by John Squires
One of this year’s first big news stories was that TNT and M. Night Shyamalan are working on bringing Tales from the Crypt back to the small screen, and as we’ve learned these past several months, the series will be part of an entire block of horror programming curated by Shyamalan. But the big question still remains: when can we expect the brand spankin’ new episodes?!
As reported by Slash Film, TNT President Kevin Reilly spoke with the Television Critics Association over the weekend, and in addition to providing relatively confusing details about the form this horror block will take, he revealed that we’re going to have to wait about a year for the new Tales from the Crypt episodes.
“Tales will be on towards the end of ’17, in the fourth quarter ’17,” Reilly noted.
Back in April, TNT gave the new Tales from the Crypt a 10-episode initial order, and from what we gather, rights issues are forcing the network to create a new version of the iconic Crypt Keeper. What about the other shows that will be part of the same block? Tales will be at the center of the block, reportedly being joined by new shows Time of Death and Creatures – as well as paired with original horror shorts.
Time of Death is an anthology of season-long horror tales that unfold in real time – each one taking viewers hour-by-hour through a single “long night of hell.” The first season will follow a murderous psychopath who returns to his Midwestern hometown during the annual county fair to exact revenge on a community he believes destroyed his life. The pilot for Time of Death was written by Guy Busick (Watch Over Me) and newcomer R. Christopher Murphy, with Shyamalan and IM Global Television’s Mark Stern and Stuart Ford executive producing.
Described as Friday the 13th meets Friday Night Lights, the first season of Time of Death pays tribute to the great slasher films of the 1980s, with future seasons inspired by the traditions of other horror subgenres.
Creatures, now in development, is a sophisticated psychological thriller that tells the disturbing tale of two former best friends who, at 12 years old, tried to cut out their classmate’s heart as a sacrifice to an Internet bogeyman they invented called Mr. Gorgi. Fifteen years later, the two young women have been released from a psychiatric institute into their small town in Alaska, but it’s not long before they start to feel the alluring and terrifying presence of Mr. Gorgi once again.
Creatures is a story of deep friendship and dark obsession, where a vivid imagination meets the power of suggestion and the seduction of belief. The script is being written by BAFTA Award winner Dominic Mitchell (In the Flesh) and produced by Sue Naegle’s Naegle Ink. Tom Shankland (House of Cards) is attached to direct and serve as executive producer.
“I’m really thrilled about the way this horror block is coming together with the addition of Time of Death and Creatures,” Shyamalan recently said. “That such a beloved property like Tales from the Crypt is launching our evening makes it an even more unique and exciting opportunity. Across the board, the level of talent has been very inspiring.”