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Amazing Stories: Apple Makes Deal with Steven Spielberg for Series Reboot

Amazing Stories: Apple Makes Deal with Steven Spielberg for Series Reboot”

To develop the 10-episode series, Apple has partnered with Spielberg's Amblin Television and NBC Universal.

Apple has entered into the original content ring by signing a deal with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and NBCUniversal to reboot the 1980s sci-fi anthology series Amazing Stories. "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", said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. Apple declined to comment on the deal.

Apple hired a new team made up of former Sony executives to produce and buy television shows, Bloomberg reported.

Amazing Stories has a new home.

The original "Amazing Stories" - which ran from 1985-1987 - was Spielberg's attempt to create an updated "Twilight Zone" or "The Outer Limits", The Verge reported on Wednesday. Apple has emphasized in the discussions that it wants prestigious programming and to work with A-list actors, producers and writers, according to sources with knowledge of Apple's plans.

The technology company is competing with several established players that have hooked big name stars, such as Netflix Inc and Time Warner Inc's HBO, plus newer entrants like Facebook Inc. It has pledged to spend US$1 billion (S$1.36 billion) on original productions next year.

Apple is preparing to tell some unbelievable stories. Even though it appears to be more serious about TV programming, Apple still isn't sending anywhere near Netflix, which is pouring $6 billion into its line-up this year as it tries to expand its current worldwide audience of more than 100 million subscribers.



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