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No Crypt Keeper Rumored For Tales From The Crypt Reboot & More

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Earlier saw news that TNT is rebooting Tales From The Crypt, which will have M. Night Shyamalan on board as executive producer.

Now a batch of rumors/details have hit the net from the horror site Bloody Disgusting, with the perhaps most shocking being the Crypt Keeper won’t be used.

The actor that voiced the Crypt Keeper, John Kassir, even tweeted out: “I’ll go on record, “Crypt Keeper as we know him is more popular than ever & it’d be a sham/shame not to have him host the show!!!!!” A petition to bring back the Crypt Keeper has since been launched.

As noted, it gets a lot worse:

• It’s said the new host of the show will be an old man with a cane, wearing a hood, and keeping warm by a fireplace (which admittedly, is in line with the old EC comics). 

• According to the report, the original plan (it’s unknown if things have since changed), is to have 13 episodes in the style of American Horror Story (one storyline per season).

• It’s further said the first season will be about voodoo in New Orleans (which American Horror Story already featured).

• It’s also said the Tales From The Crypt reboot won’t be a weekly anthology story, and won’t have anything to do with the comics.

• It’s scripted by the writers behing Hemlock Grove, in which the site describes as “awful.”

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M. Night Shyamalan Rebooting Tales From The Crypt For TNT

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M. Night Shyamalan is bringing back the popular ’90s horror anthology series Tales From The Crypt to TNT as part of a new two-hour horror themed block of programming.

Shyamalan is on board as executive producer, with the block launching this Fall; additional announcements for further series added to the block will be made in the coming months. Both short and long form content will be featured.

“This is a new genre for us in our series efforts and a great chance to partner with M. Night Shyamalan, whose blockbuster hit The Visit reminded movie audiences and critics this past summer that he truly is a master of horror,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “This two-hour horror block demonstrates not only TNT’s commitment to working with today’s top talents, but also our strategy to stand out in today’s marketplace by challenging the conventional rules of programming and scheduling.”

Tales from the Crypt was originally a comic book, and the TV series ran on HBO from 1989 to 1996.

M. Night Shyamalan is also behind the popular Wayard Pines TV series and saw success with The Visit back in September on the big screen (good flick).

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SyFy Announces Jamie Foxx Directing Five-Episode Horror Anthology Series

Press Release

 

SYFY AND OSCAR-WINNER JAMIE FOXX PARTNER FOR HORROR ANTHOLOGY SERIES TO PREMIERE FOR HALLOWEEN 2013

 

FOXX TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE, WRITE AND DIRECT

 

UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS TO PRODUCE

 

NEW YORK – April 10, 2013 – Marking a major addition to its primetime scripted lineup, Syfy today announced that Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray), through his Foxxhole Productions, will executive produce, write and direct a yet to be titled five-episode horror anthology series for October 2013. Universal Cable Productions will produce the series.

In the vein of television classics like Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone, this contemporary half-hour series tells creepy morality tales with themes such as envy, jealousy and superficiality. The show will debut during Syfy’s annual 31 Days of Halloween programming marathon this October.

Said Jamie Foxx: “This is a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m so happy to see it come to life. Get ready to lose it when some special friends and I bring the scares this October, and who knows… maybe I’ll make a guest appearance or two along the way!”  

Said Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions: “We couldn’t be more excited to work with someone as talented and multifaceted as Jamie Foxx. His passion and unique perspective will transform these universal insights on the human condition into emotionally potent and truly scary cautionary tales.”

Troy Miller (Flight of the Conchords, Brand X) will serve as executive producer through his production company Dakota Pictures. Writers on the project include Mike Ferris (Terminator: Salvation) and John Pogue (Army Wives, Everwood) . Writer Jeff Stilson, Jaime King and Julie Yorn will also serve as executive producers

Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces “Covert Affairs,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” for USA; “Defiance,” and “Warehouse 13” for Syfy and “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfyis a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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Jamie Foxx Developing Tales From The Crypt-Like Series For SyFy

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6789:]]In addition to the ten plus sci-fi shows in development at SyFy, Jamie Foxx will write, direct and produce a new horror anthology series that is being compared to Tales From The Crypt and The Twilight Zone.

Deadline reports the new Jamie Foxx horror series will debut this October on Syfy during its “31 Days Of Halloween” programming.

“This is a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m so happy to see it come to life,” Foxx said, reports Deadline. “Get ready to lose it when some special friends and I bring the scares this October, and who knows… maybe I’ll make a guest appearance or two along the way!”

The new Jamie Foxx horror anthology is described as a contemporary series telling creepy morality tales with themes such as envy, jealousy and superficiality. 

Jamie Foxx is also currently filming Amazing Spider-Man 2 where the actor plays the villain, Electro.

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