Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Apple signs deal with Spielberg, NBC to bring back "Amazing Stories"

Amazing Stories Reboot Courtesy of NBC Amazing Stories Reboot Moves to Apple By Andy Swift October 10 2017 11:07 AM PDT 0
Cecilia Poole | 11 October, 2017, 00:26

Apple has entered into a deal with Spielberg's company and NBCUniversal to make new episodes of "Amazing Stories", an NBC sci-fi show that was cancelled after two seasons in the 1980s. Depends on who you ask, but speaking as someone who was a fan of the original series and a fan of both Fuller and Spielberg, I'm gonna say "Hell yeah, it is".

Though the show wasn't a big hit in the ratings during its initial run, the series did win five Emmys and attracted big-name directors like Joe Dante, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Robert Zemeckis and Spielberg himself to the small screen.

We've reached out to Apple for comment on the report. 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.

"It's wonderful to be reunited with our colleagues Zack [Van Amburg] and Jamie [Erlicht] in their new capacity at Apple", Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment, told THR. Still, the lingering questions have not stopped Hollywood talent and their reps from barraging the deep-pocketed company, which hired Van Amburg and Erlicht from Sony Television in June to spearhead Apple's content acquisitions and video strategy, which spec scripts.

What is still unclear is how Apple will distribute the show to an audience. But selling media services has taken on a new urgency at the company as sales of iPhones have slowed. Until now Apple's original video content - like the Carpool Karaoke spin-off - has been made available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers. But having a Spielberg-associated project with respected industry pros like Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) attached represents a different level of ambition.

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