Steven Spielberg, Apple Team Up to Revive Amazing Stories

Joanna Estrada
October 12, 2017

The director/producer/screenwriter's Amblin Television company and NBC's Universal TV production unit will produce 10 episodes of the upcoming series.

Apple is venturing into the world of television as it nears an acquisition of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories", a fantasy, horror and science fiction anthology series that ran on NBC in the United States from 1985 to 1987.

The Twilight Zone-style Amazing Stories originally aired on the NBC broadcast network from 1985 to 1987. "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". Amblin did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Former Sony executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg made the move to Apple to help build the tech giant's original programming.

Apple is teaming up with award-winning director Steven Spielberg for its first major push into TV programming.

Amazing Stories has a new home.

The deal with Spielberg fits with a strategy Apple executives have outlined in meetings with Hollywood executives.

The company already has placed bids on other projects, including for a comedy series about morning television starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, sources said. Back in August, Apple announced it wanted to invest $1 billion in original TV shows and movies to compete with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, according to Bloomberg. Netflix, by comparison, says it will spend up to $7 billion on content next year. The Wall Street Journal first reported Apple had secured the "Amazing Stories" rights.

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