Apple Reaches Deal With Steven Spielberg's Amblin for 'Amazing Stories'

Carla Harmon
October 10, 2017

Spielberg's Amblin Television and Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal will partner with Apple to first reboot Amazing Stories, Speilberg's critically acclaimed sci-fi horror anthology series that ran for two seasons on NBC in the 1980s.

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. The report doesn't mention if Spielberg will be involved with the project as a director but he's likely to serve as an executive producer on the new series as well.

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Apple has signed a deal with Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment production company to reboot Amazing Stories.

This announcement comes after Apple recently hired Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht from Sony Television specifically to create original programming for the tech giant. The new show will reportedly cost upwards of $5 million per episode ($10 million per episode is considered very expensive). They were given a budget of around $1 billion for original programming, and it appears that they went straight to one of the biggest names in entertainment to kick off their tenure.

For those too young to remember, Amazing Stories was a sci-fi/horror series that ran rom 1985 to 1987 on NBC. Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller will executive produce.

It is unknown when this series will premiere just as it still remains a mystery exactly how Apple will deliver content to users. The NBC series won five Emmys, including one for guest actor John Lithgow, and earned Spielberg a directing nom for the memorable World War II-themed episode "The Mission".

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