It’s been clear that Apple has been looking to expand into the world of original content, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company has struck a deal to revive the Steven Spielberg anthology series Amazing Stories.
The filmmaker’s Amblin Entertainment production company will be producing 10 episodes of the new series with NBC Universal’s television production unit, with a budget of $5 million earmarked per episode.
No details about Spielberg’s specific involvement as a director are mentioned, but according to the report, he will likely serve as an executive producer on the new series. Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller will serve as showrunner.
The original Amazing Stories, which ran from 1985 to 1987, was Spielberg’s attempt to create an updated Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. Each of the episodes would tell a different story focused on the scary, magical, or horrific themes. The series went on to win five Emmys over its two-year run, though it was canceled by NBC after its second season.
For Apple, this represents the first big move in what is reported to be a $1 billion investment in original content over the coming year. This past June, the company hired former Sony Pictures Television heads Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to spearhead the effort.
对于苹果公司来说，明年斥资10亿美金投资原创内容产业象征着第一次的大动作。而过去的6月，该公司苹果从索尼影视挖来了Jamie和ErlichtZack Van Amburg来打头阵。
While at Sony, the duo oversaw shows like Breaking Bad, so bringing them into the fold can be seen as a sign that Apple understands the type of industry relationships and creative dynamics that are required to develop a robust and diverse slate of television.
As of yet, Apple doesn’t really have a Netflix equivalent in place. Some of the company’s tentative first efforts like Carpool Karaokeare available as part of Apple Music, but it’s hard to imagine someone like Spielberg closing a deal for Amazing Stories to be nothing more than a value-add to Apple’s music ambitions.