Apple to reboot Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories

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And while Apple hasn't commented, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke told the Wall Street Journal, "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".

The company is closing in on a deal for a reboot of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, which earned multiple Primetime Emmy Awards during its original run on NBC from 1985 to 1987, our sister site Deadline reports. The show has since developed a cult-like status.

Apple has been looking to create its own original video content, diving deeper into a field crowded by Hollywood studios and online streaming service providers such as Netflix Inc and Inc's Prime Video. Apple made the deal with Mr. Spielberg's Amblin Television and NBCUniversal's production arm.

As the Journal points out, this is the first show Apple has greenlit since former Sony TV executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht were hired in June.

What is still unclear is how Apple will distribute the show to an audience. For a benchmark, a recent season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" reportedly had a budget of more than $10 million per episode. Its Carpool Karaoke spin-off series debuted this fall, and Cupertino unveiled an app development competition series (called Planet of the Apps) at WWDC this summer. It comes from Spielberg's Amblin TV and Universal TV, with Amblin TV's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey executive producing the reboot alongside Fuller.

To be sure, Amazing Stories was just one of the handful of early projects that sources say Apple has bid on.

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