A Tales From the Crypt reboot is currently winding through development at TNT, and now the network is taking a fairly unique approach to generating stories — they’re looking online.
The Wall Street Journal reports the network has teamed up with online fiction community Wattpad, a free fiction site that claims 45 million active users. Here’s how it works: The producers will be using the data from Wattpad to track which horror subgenres and subjects are hot these days, and if they run across any great stories, they might also reach out and use it as a launching pad for a script. So, if you have a killer horror concept kicking around your brain, this is the time to unleash it.
Though this is certainly a unique approach to developing a television series, it also begs a few questions. Yes, it’s a great way to get fresh writers and ideas involved. That’s awesome. Also, crowdsourcing themes and data to see what’s hot is also a progressive move. But exactly how will these amateur writers be compensated? That’s the big question. The network says anyone who has an idea that is used will be compensated in some way, but details are scarce.
The Crypt reboot is a 10-episode season produced by M. Night Shyamalan, which is part of an even bigger push into introducing a horror programming block by TNT.
What do you take of the approach? Would you want to kick in some ideas?
(Via The Wall Street Journal)