The network announced in January that it was working with Shyamalan to create a horror block of programming, which Tales from the Crypt will now anchor. The 10-episode anthology series will be based on the original EC Comics, not the HBO series that ran for seven seasons from 1989 to 1996. A newly invented Crypt Keeper will guide viewers through each episode.
TNT has also ordered two horror pilots to help fill out the night. One series, currently titled Time of Death, will aim to be the 24 of horror television. It takes the audience through tales of horror in real time as an hour-by-hour tour of what the network describes as "a long night of hell." Guy Busick (Watch Over Me) and newcomer R. Christopher Murphy wrote the pilot. Shyamalan, IM Global Television's Mark Stern and IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford will executive-produce.
Also in development is Creatures, a psychological thriller about two former best friends who at age 12 tried to cut out their classmate's heart as a sacrifice to an internet boogeyman they invented called Mr. Gorgi. The series picks up 15 years after the horrifying event, when the women have been released from a psychiatric institute, go back to their small Alaskan hometown and start to feel the pull of Mr. Gorgi again. Dominic Mitchell (In the Flesh) is set to pen the script and House of Cards' Tom Shankland will direct and executive-produce.
"I'm really thrilled about the way this horror block is coming together with the addition of Time of Death and Creatures," Shyamalan said in a statement. "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."
The Tales from the Crypt horror block is slated to launch in 2017.