It has been almost three years since M Night Shyamalan announced he was bringing Tales From The Crypt back for a revival. The series appeared to be moving ahead with speed with TNT ordering ten episodes as part of its new two-hour horror block for a late 2017 launch. However, a year on from its proposed release date, and Tales From The Crypt is no closer to becoming a reality.
Speaking to Digital Spy M. Night Shyamalan explained why his version of the reboot wouldn't see the light of day anytime soon, or ever.
"I think it's dead. We tried everything that we could. That was so mired in people that had rights to it, constantly mired from the original comic books to the people that did the original show and that was a very contentious era for that show and who was involved and all the stuff that had nothing to do with me, a generation before me.
I begged them, 'Please just give me the rights, we'll do it this way, you're going to be really happy'. But it didn't work out that way and here we are."
Although HBO and Warner Bros produced the cult TV series that ran for seven seasons, the Crypt Keeper and the Tales From The Crypt brand are still owned by EC Comics.
We might not see a Tales From The Crypt reboot for a while yet, but there are a bunch of retro anthologies getting the revival treatment. Jordan Peele is overseeing a reboot of The Twightlight Zone, and an update of Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected is on the development fast-track from the team that brought us The Night Manager.
Meanwhile, there is just a matter of weeks before M Night Shyamalan brings the worlds of Unbreakable and Split together for the highly anticipated Glass. Starring Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Samuel L. Jackson, Glasswill be aiming to shatter some box office records when it arrives in cinemas on January 18.