Apple remaking Spielberg's 'Amazing Stories' at $5 million per episode

Apple Said to Near TV Deal With Steven Spielberg for'Amazing Stories

Apple Said to Near TV Deal With Steven Spielberg for'Amazing Stories

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has bagged none other than Steven Spielberg for a remake of his "Amazing Stories" sci-fi horror tales from the '80s. The success of shows such as Channel Zero and Black Mirror might mean that it's the right time for Amazing Stories to come back. It's not some get-your-feet-wet exercise, either, as Apple has reportedly booked 10 episodes at $5 million apiece.

A ten-episode Amazing Stories series is reported to have been commissioned by Apple, with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer. They were given a budget of around $1 billion for original programming, and it appears that they went straight to one of the biggest names in entertainment to kick off their tenure.

THR notes that the timeline for the project remains unclear.

Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment who also oversees Universal TV, said on a statement that "it's wonderful to be reunited with our colleagues Zack and Jamie in their new capacity at Apple". However, even though nothing has been revealed yet, rumours about an Apple-branded service similar to Netflix have been spreading since the company set a $1bn budget to acquire and produce video content. The company has pledged to spend US$1bn on original productions next year, and hired Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht from Sony Pictures Television, the studio that made Breaking Bad and The Blacklist.

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The company already has placed bids on other projects, including for a comedy series about morning television starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, sources said.

It does sell third-party TV and film content separately on iTunes but you'd think it'd want to separate its own offerings and offer a more drawn-together means of accessing them.

The company's original video content now consists of "Carpool Karaoke", based on a popular segment seen on CBS's "The Late Late Show With James Corden", and a tech-themed reality competition series called "Planet of the Apps".

This makes us wonder, then, if there's a new Apple subscription service on the horizon.

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