Hollywood reboots are zero new these days. In fact, they’re so common that even a reboot of an oddity cult-classic hardly turns heads (Twin Peaks shows that regulation can succeed, right?). And anything from the back catalog of an iconic creator like Steven Spielberg may be ceaselessly developed for revisiting. Just this summer, Amblin Entertainment reliable Spielberg’s involvement with a new Animaniacs series, for instance.
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 complicated audiences seems ho-hum. But it’s not NBC (which has an existent partnership with Amblin) or streaming contenders like Netflix and Amazon reportedly close to a deal—it’s Apple.
“We adore being at the forefront of Apple’s investment in scripted programming,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke told the site. “And we can’t consider of a better skill than Spielberg’s beloved Amazing Stories franchise.”
Apple started sensitively branch heads in strange calm circles this summer. In June, the tech company hired executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg from Sony to fill newly combined positions that manage “all aspects of video programming.” In August, forward of its tumble hardware event, Apple told The Wall Street Journal it would persevere up to $1 billion toward strange programming for 2018 and produce as many as 10 new shows. With fellow tech companies like Facebook entering this space, the strange calm landscape looks primed for change in the nearby future.
Whether or not these new players will attract an assembly will likely depend on content, not placement mechanism. Apple has already started these initiatives to some degree. Its Carpool Karaoke spin-off series debuted this fall, and Cupertino unveiled an app growth foe series (called Planet of the Apps) at WWDC this summer. But having a Spielberg-associated plan with reputable attention pros like Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) attached represents a opposite turn of ambition.
Deadline only pronounced negotiations are “zeroing in,” but the site had acknowledgment quotes from NBC and details, such as Fuller’s involvement, to prove the understanding is all but done. Details on when Amazing Stories would come to delight or how it would be expelled were not available.
Listing picture by NBC / Amblin