Disney's Ventana Short - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, watch an animated short film called Ventana, created by the interns who worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios this past summer. Plus, check out a video essay examining the different kinds of time travel in movies, TV and books over the years, and check out a metal cover of the Tales of the Crypt theme song. Read More »

tales from the crypt reboot

Tales From the Crypt‘s resurrection from the dead, helmed by horror connoisseur M. Night Shyamalan, has been cut short.

TNT’s planned reboot of the horror-camp anthology series that ran from 1989 to 1996 had a 10-episode order with Shyamalan on board to curate short and long-form horror stories, and a new Cryptkeeper planned to host. But TNT president Kevin Reilly revealed that Tales From the Crypt, and the weekly two-hour horror block the network had planned around it, had to be axed because of rights issues.

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Tales from the Crypt

M. Night Shyamalan is enjoying something of a career resurgence right now. His last two films (The Visit and Split) did well critically and commercially, his TV drama Wayward Pines was well received, and his Unbreakable looks like it might finally get that long-awaited sequel.

Next up on his to-do list for this year was supposed to be Tales from the Crypt, a resurrection of the classic anthology horror series, but rights issues might be keeping that one six feet under for the time being. For whatever it’s worth, TNT has insisted we’ll see the show eventually. While we wait, though, a couple of videos have surfaced to give us a little taste of what Shyamalan’s got in store. Hit the jump to take a look at the Tales From the Crypt promos. Read More »

tales from the crypt reboot

M. Night Shyamalan‘s Tales From the Crypt reboot is not dead. Yesterday it was reported the TNT series was in danger due to budget issues. It’s unclear if that’s a real problem for the series at the moment, but the makers of the show are still busy squaring away some rights issues. According to TNT, the anthology series is still moving forward; it’s just run into some complications.

Below, learn more about the Tales from the Crypt Reboot.

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Tales from the Crypt comics

From 1950 to 1955, EC Comics published 27 issues of Tales from the Crypt. When a new reboot of Tales From the Crypt was announced, the word was it’d be influenced more by William Gaines and Al Feldstein‘s stories than the HBO anthology series that aired from 1989 to 1996. According to the man spearheading the reboot, director M. Night Shyamalan (Split), the new series will adapt some stories from the comics.

Below, learn more about how the Tales From the Crypt series will take cues from the original comics.

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Tales from the Crypt format

TNT and TBS President Kevin Reilly spoke with the Television Critics Association at a party Sunday night. The networks’ focus was on new shows Search Party, People of Earth, Good Behavior and continuing The Detour, Wrecked and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. TNT is also developing a new Tales from the Crypt series with M. Night Shyamalan so we asked Reilly for an update. Based on the EC horror comic, Tales from the Crypt was a long-running HBO half-hour series. Reilly’s plan is to more than double that running time.

“I think it may even be longer than an hour,” Reilly said. “There’s going to be a half-hour anthology and then a one-hour original show with some shorts in between. So it’s part of a whole block. The original half-hour, sort of slightly comedic, kind of twisted [story] that Night himself is going to direct will be a part of it every week. Then we’re going to have rotating original one-hours. Then we’ve got shorts that’ll be part of it too.  Read More »

Tales from the Crypt Reboot

Director M. Night Shyamalan is helping to bring back Tales From the Crypt. The anthology series, which aired on HBO from 1989 to 1996, is coming to TNT. It was originally reported the reboot was inspired more by the 1950s comic book of the same name created by William Gaines and Al Feldstein than HBO’s adaptation, but now it sounds like Shyamalan and all involved might take Tales From the Crypt in another direction, as they’re searching for new stories from fresh new writers.

TNT is teaming up with Wattpad to find horror trends and stories to incorporate into the series. Below, learn more about TNT and Wattpad’s collaboration.

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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Keanu Reeves is already talking about another John Wick movie.
  • Jeff Goldblum explains whether or not he’ll return to the Jurassic Park series.
  • The release date of the next Star Trek Beyond trailer is revealed.
  • Disney releases a new image from Finding Dory.
  • No, there won’t be a Game of Thrones prequel/sequel series.
  • Yes, Fear the Walking Dead is getting a third season.
  • The Tales From the Crypt reboot gets a full season order.
  • The Conjuring 2 debuts a new poster.
  • David Ayer is down for an R-rated Suicide Squad sequel.
  • Here’s a direct connection between Alien: Covenant and Prometheus.
  • Dwayne Johnson welcomes Charlize Theron to Fast 8.
  • Michael Bay has begun scouting locations for Transformers 5.

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Tales from the Crypt reboot

When TNT announced that M. Night Shyamalan was spearheading a reboot of Tales from the Crypt, they were short on details. As of January, they had not committed to either a half-hour (like the original HBO series) or hourlong format, or even said whether they would feature a Crypt Keeper. The Crypt Keeper was a staple of the original EC comic books as the host of the macabre stories, and even more so on the HBO series as a Kevin Yagher puppet voiced by John Kassir.

Shyamalan was at Wondercon presenting the second season of his Fox series Wayward Pines. /Film participated in roundtable interviews with Shyamalan and the Wayward Pines cast and got a chance to ask him about Tales from the Crypt. He confirmed that there will be a Crypt Keeper in his Tales. “There will,” Shyamalan said.  Read More »

Tales from the Crypt Crypt Keeper

Just a couple days ago, TNT announced that they were creating a new block of horror programming that would be anchored by a reboot of the horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt. The adaptation of the comic book of the same name was originally on HBO, but now it’s being taken to more tame cable with the help of M. Night Shyamalan. Many fans were wondering just how much of the original TV adaptation would be revamped for the reboot, and it sounds like one signature part of the show will be changed.

Fans of Tales from the Crypt will remember that each episode was introduced and closed by the Crypt Keeper, a talking skeleton voiced by John Kassir with an arsenal of puns and a wicked cackle to follow them. At the time the show was announced, TNT executives said they were saving an announcement about the Crypt Keeper for another time. But someone else has beat them to the punch with the details, and you might not like what they have to say.

UPDATE: M. Night Shyamalan has also chimed in on the matter of the Crypt Keeper below.

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