Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

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

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

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has struck a deal with Steven Spielberg to produce new episodes of a classic 1980s sci-fi and horror anthology. Even with ten episodes of Amazing Stories now in the works for approximately $5 million each, Apple Studios' remaining budget for the year is still well over $900 million.

Apple started quietly turning heads in original content circles this summer.

Hit PLAY on the video below to relive the original Amazing Stories theme song, composed by John Williams, then drop a comment with your thoughts on the reboot. Apple is reportedly rebooting the popular anthology series Amazing Stories which was produced by Steven Spielberg, a legendary director, producer, and screenwriter who needs no introduction. The agreement between Apple, Amblin and NBCUniversal calls for 10 episodes of "Amazing Stories". It would be one of the first series to be developed under Apple's plan to create original programming. Still, the lingering questions have not stopped Hollywood talent and their reps from barraging the deep-pocketed company, which hired Van Amburg and Erlicht from Sony Television in June to spearhead Apple's content acquisitions and video strategy, which spec scripts.

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Amazing Stories ran for two seasons from 1985 to 1987 on NBC, and despite winning 12 Emmys, it was eventually canceled due to low ratings.

It's still unclear how Apple will release its shows - or when. Its previous efforts to date have included celebrity sing-along show "Carpool Karaoke" and tech competition show "Planet of the Apps".

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