The Tales From the Crypt reboot, announced more than a year ago, has been a mess from the start. From uprise about who is directing it to the identity of the iconic Cryptkeeper to an eventual cancellation, has been a whirlwind of controversy since the initial announcement. It’s now been shelved – and this is either great news or bad news depending on how you feel about M. Night Shyamalan and reboots in general.
TNT President Reilly recently spoke more about the canceled anthology series, giving us a bit more information as to just why the show will not be going forward. From Deadline:
It’s been fun with lawyers, it’s been really fun … We did not know from the get-go or else we would not have announced it and made a big deal out of it. But in fact there were rights. It is among the most — if not the most — complicated rights structure I’ve ever seen in my career, and we had no idea as we got into it. It became a nightmare. So we said, ‘Fine.’ If and when this gets cleaned up, we’ll revisit.
While it’s unfortunate that the reasons are due to such a complicated rights structure, it also does not seem particularly surprising. Between the myriad of writers, HBO, and EC Comics, it’s hard to imagine that such a thing would ever be considered an easy project. It doesn’t exactly seem like they’re done with the project forever – Reilly has stated numerous times that maybe one day it will be a possibility – but it doesn’t appear as if getting the project out of the grave is a top priority. Which, if that’s the case, is maybe for the better. If a reboot for such a classic series is to be done, it needs to be done wholeheartedly; otherwise, what’s the point?
Although Reilly does make a good point about his regrets about announcing the new Tales From the Crypt series, he may be overlooking a timeless saying in show biz: “any press is good press.”