Apple Inks Deal With Steven Spielberg to Reboot 'Amazing Stories'

Apple Inks Deal With Steven Spielberg to Reboot 'Amazing Stories'

The drama ran for two series on the USA network NBC in the mid-1980s, with minimal ratings success, but will now be revived for the on-demand era. Apple has ordered 10 episodes.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Apple will team up with Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin Television and Comcast's NBC Universal to create new episodes of the popular '80s sci-fi series.

Bryan Fuller of "Hannibal" will serve as the showrunner.

But NBC Entertainment, which worked with Spielberg's Amblin Television on the original science fiction series in the 1980s, confirmed a deal was on the cards.

The Twilight Zone-style Amazing Stories originally aired on the NBC broadcast network from 1985 to 1987. The critical acclaim of the show did not however translate into ratings success.

Apple is entering a competitive field of original programming and will face not only the traditional studios' output, but also that from the like of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

Apple is set to invest almost $1 billion in acquiring and producing original TV shows over the next year.

Prior to Van Amburg and Erlicht joining Apple, the largest company in the world by market capitalization had dabbled in original programming with mixed results.

It is still unclear how Apple will release its shows - or when.

Apple Music has released unscripted series Planet Of The Apps and Carpool Karaoke and is about to release a documentary about music industry legend Clive Davis.

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