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Apple signs deal with Spielberg, NBC to bring back "Amazing Stories"

Apple signs deal with Spielberg, NBC to bring back

The new deal pulls in the director's production company Amblin Television, along with NBCUniversal, with plans to resurrect beloved 1980s fantasy/sci-fi/horror anthology Amazing Stories.

After initially being in the works at NBC, the project is now near a deal to be revived by Apple as part of its original content efforts.

But today comes word from The Wall Street Journal that Apple has signed an overall content deal with Steven Spielberg as they dip a toe into the highly competitive streaming industry. Ditto for whether the Amazing Stories name alone will have much draw with Netflix's cord cutting audience. Spielberg will reportedly serve as executive producer, while his production company Amblin will handle the development.

"It's wonderful to be reunited with our colleagues Zack and Jamie in their new capacity at Apple", said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. The original series only ran for two seasons in the mid-80s, but racked up a fair amount of critical acclaim and fond memories, including a dozen Emmy nominations. The NBC series won five Emmys, including one for guest actor John Lithgow, and earned Spielberg a directing nom for the memorable World War II-themed episode "The Mission". It is also unknown if Spielberg will step behind the camera for any of the show's 10-episode order, though he is expected to executive produce.



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