Reuters is reporting that EMO Films has signed a deal to bring the classic EC Comics library of horror titles to film and TV.
Under the deal, almost all of the EC titles—including “Tales From the Crypt”, “Vault of Horror,” “Haunt of Fear,” “Weird Fantasy,” “Shock SuspenStories” and “Two-Fisted Tales” will be utilized as potential movies, TV series and even radio programs.
Joel Eisenberg and Timothy Owens of EMO Films will specifically represent the EC Comics properties in a newly formed specialized subdivision along with EC publisher William Gaines’ daughter Cathy Gaines-Mifsud, and grandson Corey Mifsud, who will be the VP of Development for the newly formed EC Film, Radio and Television, Ltd.
Eisenberg is also attached to “Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines,” the upcoming film about Gaines’ life.
William Gaines was once a respected figure in the comic book industry who spearheaded a new line of innovative horror, crime and science fiction comic books in the 1940s, but was effectively ruined due to a witch hunt lead by Fredric Wertham and a subsequent senate investigation that censored and gutted EC’s popular comic line.
To this date, “Tales From the Crypt” remains the most recent EC property to breakout in Hollywood as an HBO series that also spun into two feature films back in the ‘90s.