We thought it was a big deal when Turner Broadcasting announced M. Night Shyamalan was bringing Tales from the Crypt back to life, but they’re taking it a step further. The company will seek out story ideas from users of Wattpad.
Wattpad is a service that allows people to read and share stories written by its users. They’ll weed through the entries and a few might end up on the small screen.
“Our partnership with Wattpad is a perfect intersection of content and fan engagement, where fans actually have the chance to directly influence and, in some cases, even have their material optioned and developed by our networks,” Justin Williams, senior VP of digital ventures for TNT and TBS, said in a prepared statement. The initial collaboration for “Tales from the Crypt” will tap into “Wattpad’s strength in the horror genre,” he added.
Fans of Wattpad are loyal, and there will be no shortage of ideas coming through the pipeline. There are more than 45 million users on the service, and this is just the start of the company’s collaboration. Turner will use the content and data from users to mine not only content for TNT’s Tales from the Crypt, but also its sister channel, TBS.
“Through our partnership with Turner, Wattpad’s powerful insights, roster of influential writers, and hyper-engaged community of fans will help define the new scary,” said Wattpad studios head Aron Levitz.
Fans are no doubt excited about the 2017 series, but there is no word if the iconic Cryptkeeper will host as in the original HBO series.