Apple strikes deal with Steven Spielberg for new 'Amazing Stories' sci-fi


"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", said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. The show has since developed a cult-like status. Depends on who you ask, but speaking as someone who was a fan of the original series and a fan of both Fuller and Spielberg, I'm gonna say "Hell yeah, it is".

So at first blush, Deadline detailing today that Spielberg's Amazing Stories (an anthology series that aired on NBC in the mid-'80s) is being explored for modern audiences seems ho-hum. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that ten episodes of the fantasy, sci-fi and horror anthology series will be produced as part of the deal, with a budget of more than $5 million per episode.

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After putting a toe in the water of the internet television business with a couple of reality TV shows, Apple ( AAPL ) is set to dive into the market with an original content deal with iconic director and producer Steven Spielberg, according to a news report. But it's not NBC (which owns Amblin) or streaming contenders like Netflix and Amazon reportedly close to a deal-it's Apple.

Apple has committed $1B to developing original programming over the next year and has hired top talent including former Sony TV executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. But selling media services has taken on a new urgency at the company as sales of iPhones have slowed. Details on when Amazing Stories would come to fruition or how it would be released were not available.