A New TALES FROM THE CRYPT TV Series Is Being Developed

     July 27, 2011


From 1989 to 1996 the horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt served as delightfully creepy late-night programing for those who had HBO, and sufficiently terrified youngsters whose parents forgot what aired on the pay-cable channel after 10pm. The show originated from the comic book series of the same name, and now the Cryptkeeper may be returning to small screen to scare a whole new generation.

Gil Adler (producer on the original Crypt series) and Andrew Cosby (co-creator of Eureka) are developing a new hourlong series based on the comics, and are shopping their version around as part of the current development cycle. Hit the jump for more details.

tales-from-the-crypt-comic-imageDeadline reports that this new version will not be an anthology nor will it be related to the HBO show, but will instead be a serialized version “that uses characters from the comic books in a more modern context.” The producers are expected to take the show to both broadcast and cable networks shortly with a detailed pitch and bible in hand for the new show. The report mentions that Cinemax has showed interest, as the sister-channel to HBO is now returning to original programming.

I’m not sure how tame the show would have to be in order to air on a broadcast network, so I’m hoping it finds a home on a cable outlet. In order to capture the camp and horror-filled tone of the comics, a certain amount of artistic freedom is needed for the necessary gore/creature aspects of the show. As the series is being shopped as part of the current development cycle, we’ll hopefully know more soon.