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Reboots and revivals are all the rage nowadays, and fans of long-dead shows have gotten to see some of their favorites return to the small screen. A new reboot is in the works that could bring one of the biggest names in showbiz to television. Apple is nearing a deal with Steven Spielberg to deliver a reboot of the 1980s series Amazing Stories.
The Amazing Stories reboot would be the result of a collaboration between Apple, Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin Television, NBCUniversal, and Bryan Fuller of Hannibal and American Gods. Fuller would helm the reboot for Apple, according to The Wrap. The news of the Apple deal comes a couple of years after it was announced that Fuller was working to bring the series back to NBC, years after it was originally cancelled in 1987. Nothing ever came of that deal, and it seemed like Amazing Stories fell by the wayside as Fuller moved on to other projects. Now, it seems that Amazing Stories just needed the right platform and the right timing to make progress.
Amazing Stories had a recipe for success when it debuted on NBC in 1985. The sci-fi/horror/supernatural anthology was created by Steven Spielberg, who had spent the 80s to that point bringing hit genre movies like Poltergeist, E.T., and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to theaters. He was a big name on the big screen, and any TV show with him attached should have been a hit. Indeed, it was a hit with critics, scoring 12 Emmy nominations and winning five in the course of its two-season run on NBC. Nevertheless, the ratings just weren't enough for NBC to keep the series on the air, and it was cancelled after its second season.
The time really couldn't be better than now for Amazing Stories to get another chance. Genre projects like American Horror Story and Black Mirror have proved that audiences are willing to sign on for anthology series, and effects nowadays mean that Amazing Stories could look a lot better than it did back in the mid-80s. Besides, the odds are pretty good that Apple is willing to invest a hefty chunk of change in the series.
Apple only relatively recently got in the original TV game, and we learned back in August that Apple intended to invest approximately $1 billion--yes, billion with a b--in acquiring and producing original series over the next year. The intended result would be as many as 10 new series that could rival and even match HBO in terms of quality. Apple has already debuted series like Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke: The Series, but Amazing Stories would really put the platform on the map for original television.
Hopefully we won't have to wait too long before more details about the Amazing Stories reboot are released. Be sure to stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest on all things TV, and take a gander at our fall TV premiere guide.