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Apple Inks Deal With Steven Spielberg for 'Amazing Stories' Sci-Fi Series

Apple is teaming up with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Comcast's NBC Universal TV production unit to create new episodes of sci-fi series "Amazing Stories," reports The Wall Street Journal.

"Amazing Stories" is a science fiction and horror series created by Spielberg that originally ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987. During its two-year tenure, the show won five Emmy Awards. It focused on a new topic each episode, in the vein of "Tales From the Crypt," "Twilight Zone," and "Black Mirror."


Apple plans to create 10 new episodes of "Amazing Stories" alongside Amblin and NBC Universal, with plans to spend more than $5 million per episode. Spielberg is likely to be an executive producer for the new version of the show, according to The Wall Street Journal's sources.

"Amazing Stories" is the first series that Apple has taken on since the hiring of Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht back in June. Van Amburg and Erlicht, who helped produce shows like "Breaking Bad," "The Crown," and "Better Call Saul," are running Apple's video programming efforts on a worldwide scale under iTunes chief Eddy Cue.

The new show will join Apple's existing shows "Planet of the Apps" and "Carpool Karaoke: The Series." It marks the first show that is able to more directly compete with content from Netflix and Amazon.

Rumors suggest Apple is aiming to pursue high-profile deals with A-list talent to create shows on par with offerings like Netflix's "Stranger Things" or Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."

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11 months ago
Wow, they are really into recycling this week huh?
Rating: 9 Votes
11 months ago

I honestly believe that the trend to relive the 80's and 90's is popular because things were less stressful.


They were only less stressful if you were a kid, living in the naiveté of not comprehending what 70,000 nuclear warheads that very nearly did launch any number of times would do to the world. Also, as a knee-jerk reaction culturally to the hippy dippy idealism of the 1970s, the 80s were not a great decade if you were not a middle class white kid. The nostalgia being sold to us now is lazy as hell, repackaged as a simpler wonderful time, just as the 50s were in the 80s, the 70s were in the 90s, and the 80s are today. Most of the people who actually buy into each of these manufactured nostalgia waves are kids who were too young to be conscious of what it was like at the time, or worse, kids who weren't even alive at the time but unable to find their place in the current time, latch on to some earlier time to unrealistically feel part of instead.
Rating: 9 Votes
11 months ago
Awesome. This was one of my favorite shows as a kid.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago
I honestly believe that the trend to relive the 80's and 90's is popular because things were less stressful. The constant stream of anger, shock, and hate that social media brings makes us nostalgic for the past. I suspect there is a certain level of this feeling with each and every generation embracing changes in culture.

With that said, what will it take to break the current "Stranger Things" nostalgia trip? This has gotten boring.
Rating: 7 Votes
11 months ago
Apple sure does love remakes: Carpool Karaoke was a remake of the recurring segment from The Late Late Show, Planet of the Apps was a remake of Shark Tank, and Amazing Stories will be remake of the 1980s show. If Apple wants to be successful in this space, they will need to come up with some original ideas. This "me too" streaming strategy isn't going to get them any where.
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago
Hollywood is running out of ideas
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago
If they're gonna keep doing TV shows I hope they move them into the TV app instead of being slapped all over the Music app like the others. Makes no sense.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago

Apple sure does love remakes: Carpool Karaoke was a remake of the recurring segment from The Late Late Show, Planet of the Apps was a remake of Shark Tank, and Amazing Stories will be remake of the 1980s show. If Apple wants to be successful in this space, they will need to come up with some original ideas. This "me too" streaming strategy isn't going to get them any where.


This is an anthology show. As long as the stories themselves are unique and not literally remakes of the 80’s show, it’s fine.

The competition in this space is heating up all of a sudden, though. Netflix has Black Mirror, Amazon has Philip K Dick‘s Electric Dreams and Lore soon. Apple’s will have to be good.


With that said, what will it take to break the current "Stranger Things" nostalgia trip? This has gotten boring.


I think this has less to do with “nostalgia” and more with the fact that anthology series are a great fit for streaming services (hence the resurgance.)

As long as the show deals with contemporary issues, what’s the problem? Other than the name and the format, I doubt there will be much resemblance to the original because it’s an anthology. Look at the difference between the original Outer Limits and the 90’s one.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago
A show that wouldn't make me physically cringe. A delightful turn of events.
Rating: 3 Votes
11 months ago
I loved that show as a kid too, but Spielberg was on his way up at that point. He hasn't made a relevant movie in years. Remaking something for the sake of nostalgia with a director, as great as he was, now seemingly past his prime seems questionable.
Rating: 3 Votes

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