Apple is set to reboot the cult classic sci-fi series “Amazing Stories” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Variety has confirmed.
A reboot of the anthology series was originally planned at NBC. Bryan Fuller will serve as an executive producer on the Apple version with Amblin’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also executive producing. The 10-episode order for the series is part of a new content deal between Amblin, Apple, and Universal TV.
“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.”
The filmmaker’s Amblin Entertainment production company will be producing 10 episodes of the new series with NBCUniversal’s television production unit, with a budget of $5 million earmarked per episode. No details about Spielberg’s specific involvement as a director are mentioned, but according to the report, he will likely serve as an executive producer on the new series. Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller will serve as showrunner.
The original Amazing Stories, which ran from 1985 to 1987, was Spielberg’s attempt to create an updated Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. Each of the episodes would tell a different story focused on the scary, magical, or horrific, from directors like Robert Zemeckis, Tobe Hooper, a young Brad Bird, and Spielberg himself. The series went on to win five Emmys over its two-year run, though it was canceled by NBC after its second season.
For Apple, this represents the first big move in what is reported to be a $1 billion investmentin original content over the coming year. This past June, the company hired former Sony Pictures Television heads Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to spearhead the effort. While at Sony, the duo oversaw shows like Breaking Bad, so bringing them into the fold can be seen as a sign that Apple understands the type of industry relationships and creative dynamics that are required to develop a robust and diverse slate of television.