LAS VEGAS (Hollywood Reporter) - Rapper/reality TV star Flavor Flav and filmmaker Deon Taylor have signed a deal to turn their BET movie "Nite Tales" into an anthology television series.
"Nite Tales," described as "30-minute tales of irony and twists," originated with the BET movie that aired on Halloween and is set for DVD release February 3 by BET, Paramount and Deon Taylor Enterprises.
The Flav-hosted "Tales" marks the first project to come out of TriStar Media, a new joint venture between syndicator Trifecta Entertainment & Media, headed by CEO Hank Cohen, and Dennis Ray's Star Media, which sells advertising time on syndicated series, specializing in the urban marketplace.
The partners will present "Tales," Trifecta's first scripted co-production, at the National Association of Television Program Executives' 2009 Market & Conference, which kicks off Monday (January 26) in Las Vegas.
Taylor describes the new show as "Tales From the Crypt" meets "The Twilight Zone," with Flav playing a role similar to "Crypt's" Cryptkeeper, as he did in the BET movie. The show will have a Web presence, including an online contest Taylor is planning in which fans can name Flav's character.
Taylor said he is targeting a young audience that might not know "Crypt" or "Zone" well, for whom "Tales" would be a new concept.
The plan is for "Tales" to premiere this year as a weekly cable series.
Taylor also is planning a "Tales" movie every Halloween, including one called "Terminated," written with Thomas H. Fenton ("Saw IV"), that is intended for theatrical release this year.