October 11, 2017

Apple Partners With Spielberg, Amblin Television to Reboot 'Amazing Stories'

'American Gods' showrunner Bryan Fuller will lead the 10-part series as executive producer.

Apple is hoping to find some Spielbergian magic in its endeavor to produce new scripted content by joining forces with the man himself. The company has announced plans to reboot Amazing Stories, Amblin Entertainment's cult classic sci-fi series from the mid-1980s that ran for two seasons on NBC.

Apple is partnering with Spielberg's Amblin Television and Universal Television, with Bryan Fuller (American Gods) set to helm the series as executive producer and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Amblin also serving as executive producers. Since NBC had originally been developing a reboot of Amazing Stories and this deal includes Universal TV plus a press quote from Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, it is unclear at this time if Apple will be sharing some of the broadcast rights with NBC upon the show's premiere.

Despite only running for two seasons, the original Amazing Stories earned twelve Emmy nominations, winning five Emmys altogether, building a loyal fan base over the years. Each hour-long episode was its own encapsulated story, with The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents as strong influences. Spielberg even directed two of the episodes in the first season, including "The Mission," starring Kevin Costner and Kiefer Sutherland, which you can check out below.

With the recent resurgence of 80s pop culture in television (Stranger Things) and movies (It), Apple is certainly trying to ride this wave as it makes a major investment in original content.

Are you excited for the return of Amazing Stories? How would you like to see Apple reboot the series? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.      

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