After three decades (yes, you read that right: it’s been thirty years) since the last tale was told, Apple is looking to Bryan Fuller (American Gods) and Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Television for more volumes of Amazing Stories. Originally announced in 2015 as a project for NBC, Fuller will serve as an executive producer on the Apple series; with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey executive producing on behalf of Amblin Television. The initial series run will consist of 10 episodes, and is part of a new content deal between Amblin, Apple, and Universal TV.
“It’s wonderful to be reunited with our colleagues Zack [Van Amburg] and Jamie [Erlicht] in their new capacity at Apple,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “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.”
– President of NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke
The original Amazing Stories series ran for two seasons (1985-1987) and 45 episodes on NBC, winning five of the twelve Emmy Awards that the show was nominated for during its run (including John Lithgow‘s (The World According to Garp) Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series award for “The Doll”). The series would also serve as a springboard for future creative talent such as director Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) and Pixar director Brad Bird. The second season animated episode “Family Dog” was spun off into its own series The Family Dog in 1993, running for ten episodes on CBS.
(Reporter’s Note: If I had to sell you on Amazing Stories with only one episode, it would be “The Mission…)
Though Apple is now starting to expand into original scripted programming territory, it’s already launched some original content: competition series Planet of the Apps, featuring celebrity judges Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, will.i.am, and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. Late night host James Corden turned the “Carpool Karaoke” segment from his talk show into an original series that launched in August.