Apple recently signed a deal with famous director “Steven Spielberg” to revive his famous horror anthology series named “Amazing Stories”. The report by Wall Street Journal confirms that Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Spielberg’s Amblin Television will soon partner the tech giant ‘Apple’ to reframe new episodes of the acclaimed series. The “Amazing Stories” series was originally telecasted from 1985 – 1987 on NBC and were immensely popular among viewers at that time.
The famous anthology horror series was directed by Steven Spielberg and was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and later went on to win 5 Emmy Awards in its two years of the run. Now the bold move of the company is seen as Apples intent to jump into the world of original content.
The company is planning to invest $1 Billion dollars over the next few years. As per reports, the budget of each episode will be around $5 Million dollars. The earnestness of Apple can be understood from the fact that in June this year, the company hired “Van Amburg” and “Erlicht” to expand its wings in this venture. Apple has succeeded in bringing on board the Steven Spielberg to produce original content.
However, if reports are to be believed then “Steven Spielberg” will not direct any episodes, as he will rather play as an executive producer.
As per reports, the newer version of the Amazing Stories series will have a total of 10 episodes in the first order. Apple has already started rolling out the original content as it previously launched “Planet of Apps” on Apple Music this June.
The Amazing stories were based on a comic book. Besides Steven Spielberg, other big directors such as Martin Scorcese, Clint Eastwood, Paul Bartel, Danny DeVito and Burt Reynolds have also directed several episodes of the series.
However, as of now, it is not evident that whether Apple would allow these shows to be streamed on the third party streamers. Going by the rumors, this show will be streamed on Apple Music and Apple will use this show to grab audience attention on its platform.