Apple Reportedly Lands Deal With Steven Spielberg for ‘Amazing Stories’

Apple has reportedly inked a deal with director Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Comcast’s NBC Universal to create new episodes of “Amazing Stories,” Spielberg’s 1980s fantasy, horror and sci-fi television anthology series.


According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple has signed a deal with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Television for the long-gestating Amazing Stories. If the title sounds familiar, it might, considering it is a science-fiction and horror anthology series that originally ran on NBC back in the 1980s. Apple’s deal means that new episodes in the series will be produced by the company.
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.
Anthology series are a great fit for streaming services so this is a wise move. “Amazing Stories” is one of my favorite shows as a kid, but it remains to be seen if an updated version can attract younger generations who don’t even know what “Amazing Stories” is all about.

Be that as it may, this should be Apple’s first major foray into creating original video content under the guidance of veteran TV producers Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht whom it hired in June. The Cupertino giant reportedly gave the duo a budget of roughly $1 billion to develop original programming over the next year.

 This would not be the first time that Apple has been rumored to be launching a streaming service, but all of those previous talks have reportedly ended in a road block for the company. With the new hires, who are veterans of the entertainment industry, something could change on that front, though.

 


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