The tech giant has signed a content deal with prolific producer Steven Spielberg, who is set to reboot the 1980s sci-fi drama Amazing Stories. The 10-episode order for the series is part of a new content deal between Amblin, Apple, and Universal TV.
After initially being in the works at NBC, the project is now near a deal to be revived by Apple as part of its original content efforts, the project was written by Hannibal and American Gods‘ Bryan Fuller. Fuller will still act as executive producer on the Apple version. The tech company’s focus is to establish big, smart, splashy dramas, with at least one source citing Game Of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and The Crown as models. Apple is also looking to reach out to top creators (such as Spielberg and Fuller), to bring in fresh ideas.
“It’s wonderful to be reunited with our colleagues Zack [Van Amburg] and Jamie [Erlicht] in their new capacity at Apple,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “We love being at the forefront of Apple’s investment in scripted programming, and can’t think of a better property than Spielberg’s beloved Amazing Stories franchise with the genius of Bryan Fuller at the helm and more exciting creative partnerships to come.”
Running for two seasons during the mid-80s, NBC’s Amazing Stories garnered 12 Emmy nominations and won five. John Lithgow, who won the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for an episode entitled “The Doll” is still a fan favorite. The series was also one of the first credits for such high-profile names like Brad Bird and Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter. The one and only Steven Spielberg directed two episodes himself during the show’s first season, and earned a directing nom for the memorable World War II-themed episode “The Mission.”
Amazing Stories joins an increasingly growing collection of anthology series hitting streaming services such as Netflix’s Black Mirror, Amazon’s upcoming Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and Hulu’s upcoming Castle Rock.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal