Showrunner for Upcoming 'Amazing Stories' Series Exits After Apple Requests Family Friendly Content

Bryan Fuller, who was set to serve as showrunner on Apple's upcoming "Amazing Stories" reboot has opted to cut ties with Apple over creative differences, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Fuller is said to have wanted to turn "Amazing Stories" into a Black Mirror-style show, while Apple is aiming for a more family friendly series.


"Amazing Stories," which Apple picked up in October, is a science fiction and horror series created by Steven Spielberg. It originally ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987, and during the two years that it aired, the show won five Emmy Awards. The show focused on a new topic each episode, similar to "Tales From the Crypt" and Twilight Zone."

Fuller has been involved with "Amazing Stories" since 2015, and was originally set to write the script for the show before Steven Spielberg became involved. Fuller has, in the past, ended several other projects because of creative and financial differences, including "American Gods" and "Star Trek: Discovery."

Previous rumors have suggested that Apple wants to produce television shows with broad appeal that are also tame enough to be shown in an Apple Store. The company is said to be shying away from content that includes nudity, raw language, and violence, and it has reportedly turned down edgier content.

Apple is planning to create 10 new episodes of "Amazing Stories," with plans to spend more than $5 million per episode. "Amazing Stories" is not yet in production and it's not clear when the series will launch.

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34 months ago
like it or not, apple will have to embrace things that aren’t kid friendly in order to compete in the tv market
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34 months ago
This is really pathetic on Apples part, it’s wrong in quite a few ways to have that approach.
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34 months ago
Yay for Apple. I can't watch hardly any of the original series on Netflix, Amazon, HBO, or Hulu with kids in the room. We need more family friendly shows that aren't cartoons. There's no need for the gratuitous language and sex that is prevalent in most of these shows.
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34 months ago
I'm with Apple on this one.
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34 months ago
the article says nothing about "apple wanted family friendly." All it says is that apple didn't want "black mirror." Since apple bought "amazing stories," which is a well-known show with a well-known aesthetic, not surprising they didn't go along with the bait and switch.
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34 months ago
So in less than a year Bryan Fuller has left 3 high profile projects, sounds like he's just impossible to work with.
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