Apple & Steven Spielberg Team Up to Reboot 'Amazing Stories'
Oct 11 2017
Amazing Stories was an anthology series that told tales of the incredible, odd and/or supernatural variety. The show has since developed a cult-like status.
Apple, Amblin and Comcast did not immediately respond to requests for comments. It was not clear if Mr. Spielberg will be actively involved in the series. Even with ten episodes of Amazing Stories now in the works for approximately $5 million each, Apple Studios' remaining budget for the year is still well over $900 million.
Up until now, Apple's initial forays into original video content have been more of a tepid toe-dip than a head-first dive, but that's about to change.
Recent hires Jamie Ehrlicht and Zack Van Amburg from Sony Television appear to be hard at work on landing a serious TV series for Apple.
The company, however, is looking to change that, slowly but surely. Apple Music has released unscripted series "Planet of the Apps" and "Carpool Karaoke", and is about to release a documentary about music industry legend Clive Davis. Initially set up at NBC in 2015, the reboot comes from writer Bryan Fuller (American Gods), who is executive-producing along with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Spielberg's Amblin TV. "And I can't think of a better property than Spielberg's beloved Amazing Stories franchise".
Deadline only said negotiations are "zeroing in", but the site had confirmation quotes from NBC and details, such as Fuller's involvement, to indicate the deal is all but done. Maybe Amazing Stories will be next year's Stranger Things; maybe it'll crash and burn.