TNT Officially Greenlights Tales From The Crypt 10-Episode Series
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TNT, a division of Turner, and M. Night Shyamalan are ramping up TNT’s new Tales from the Crypt horror block. The network has officially greenlit an initial 10-episode order of the fan favorite Tales from the Crypt anthology series, based on the original EC Comics. The anthology series will be at the center of each week’s chilling lineup, guided by a newly reinvented Crypt Keeper, one of the most popular characters in the Tales from the Crypt universe. TNT’s new Tales from the Crypt horror block is now slated to launch in 2017.
In building the horror block, TNT has ordered a pilot for Time of Death (working title), a seasonal anthology series from IM Global Television. TNT has also begun development on Creatures, from Naegle Ink.
“I’m really thrilled about the way this horror block is coming together with the addition of Time of Death and Creatures,” said Shyamalan. “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.”
Time of Death is planned as 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 is written by Guy Busick (Watch Over Me) and newcomer R. Christopher Murphy, with Shyamalan and IM Global Television’s Mark Stern and IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford serving as executive producers. While the first season of Time of Death will pay tribute to the great slasher films of the 1980s, future seasons will be inspired by the traditions of other horror subgenres.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with Night and TNT,” said Stern. “Their enthusiasm for the pilot script has been obvious from the outset, and their Tales from the Crypt block is the perfect home.”
Another Tales project now in development is Creatures, 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. Creatures 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, The Missing) is attached to direct and serve as executive producer.
In January, TNT announced that it is teaming up with Shyamalan on this new horror block of terror and suspense to be curated by the Oscar(R)-nominated writer-director of The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable, and executive producer of the hit series Wayward Pines. The block will feature both short and long-form storytelling, led by the Tales from the Crypt anthology series, which is executive-produced by Shyamalan, his partner at Blinding Edge Pictures, Ashwin Rajan; Endgame’s James Stern; and Aloris Entertainment’s John Santilli and Dan McKinnon.
Over the past several months, TNT’s development and production pipeline has seen a flurry of activity. The network recently ordered a pilot for CLAWS, an hour-long scripted dramedy set in a Southern Florida nail salon, which is being executive-produced by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. This summer, TNT will launch the eagerly anticipated drama Animal Kingdom, starring Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman and Shawn Hatosy. It will be followed later in the year by the seductive thriller Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery. Also in the works is TNT’s high-profile adaptation of The Alienist.
About IM Global Television
IM Global Television is a full-service television studio that develops, finances, produces, and distributes high-quality scripted dramas for the domestic and international marketplace, with a focus on “genre” programming such as science-fiction, fantasy/supernatural, and thriller, as well as unscripted content. Led by industry veteran President Mark Stern and President of International Distribution and Co-Productions Eli Shibley, IM Global Television has been created with a deep well of experience in television development and production, an innovative business approach, and a solid financial foundation. These assets make IM Global Television uniquely able to team with top-tier creative talent to deliver creative, bold and compelling programming.
TNT, a division of Turner, is one of cable’s top-rated networks. Seen across multiple platforms in 94 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Last Ship, The Librarians, Major Crimes, Murder in the First, Rizzoli & Isles and the upcoming Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior and The Alienist, along with a new horror block featuring Tales from the Crypt. TNT is also the c able home to popular dramas like Castle, Bones, Supernatural and Grimm; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R), the Live Nation Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Music Awards; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStream Planet and ELEAGUE.
[via press release]