The Wall Street Journal recently reported Apple would invest $1 billion over the next year to produce original content and enter the industry companies like Hulu and Netflix have dominated for years. Now, we’re getting an idea of where this money is going as another WSJ report has emerged claiming the Cupertino company struck a deal to revive Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories series which originally debuted back in 1985.
While details remain slim, it’s reported that each new episode will cost $5 million to produce, with a 10-episode season said to be in the works. Spielberg isn’t confirmed to jump on as director, but it’s expected for him to at least executive produce.
Amazing Stories, for those of you who aren’t familiar, was a show that ran from 1985 to 1987 and consisted of various episodes focused on sci-fi-esque scary or horrific stories. But despite winning five Emmys during its airtime, NBC canceled the show before its second season could premiere.
It seems sci-fi will be a strong focus for the reboot, with Hannibal and American Gods‘ Bryan Fuller on to write the series, as reported by Deadline. Spielberg’s Amblin TV and Universal TV will oversee the operation, with Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey executive producing alongside Fuller.
Interestingly, this reboot is said to have been on ice for the past two years. NBC was originally going to debut the project, but it looks like things didn’t work out. Now, it seems NBC is working with Apple and its video programming team led by Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg (formally of Sony) to get this revival off the ground.
“It’s wonderful to be reunited with our colleagues Zack and Jamie in their new capacity at Apple,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment, who oversees Universal TV. “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.”
Important details like how involved Spielberg is in the project and where it will premiere are missing, however. Up until now, Apple has been using its music streaming service, Apple Music, to host original content such as Carpool Karaoke. It seems doubtful that the company will keep this practice intact for future programming efforts as it diversifies what it produces. We’ll likely hear more in this regard soon.
As for Amazing Stories, no timetable was given for when we can expect it to debut. Details surrounding Apple’s deal are also absent, so we don’t have much data to make any guesses off of. For now, we’ll have to wait and see whether the company rules this report out as being true or false, but at least for the time being, it’s looking more like the former.