Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) will executive produce a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s old (and, frankly, pretty middling) anthology series for Apple. That’s right, Apple – this will be the tech monolith’s first foray into original programming under the auspices of its newly formed worldwide video division.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple “signed a content deal with prolific producer Steven Spielberg,” and the 10 episode first season “… is part of a larger pact with NBCUniversal, which owned the rights to the anthology series.”
For those too young to remember, Amazing Stories ran from 1985 to 1987, and its guiding principle was essentially “The Twilight Zone, but neither scary nor as good.” Despite attracting a truly impressive talent roster both in front of and behind the camera, including directors such as Clint Eastwood, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Mick Garris, Robert Zemeckis, Brad Bird, and Tobe Hooper, it was a pretty spotty affair, and really is an odd choice for dusting off (Tales From the Crypt, on the other hand, is a stone cold classic). Still, Fuller is a bonafide rock star, so we have faith.
How this will be distributed is anyone’s guess at this stage but, please Lord, no more proprietary streaming services in the Australian market – we’re about tapped out.