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Apple goes after Netflix with new Steven Spielberg series

by Danny Zepeda | October 10, 2017October 10, 2017 2:30 pm PST

Late this summer, it was reported Apple was investing $1 billion into original programming, and a new report suggests one of those programs will be Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple signed a deal with Spielberg’s company, Amblin Entertainment, to produce 10 episodes of the new series, which will be made in conjunction with NBCUniversal’s television unit. Each episode will carry a budget of $5 million, bringing the total budget for the season to $50 million.

Amazing Stories is an anthology series that aired between 1985 and 1987 that told a different story each episode. It touched upon multiple genres, including horror, drama and fantasy. Spielberg directed a few episodes along with many other notable directors like Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) and Brad Bird (The Incredibles). The series was cancelled after two seasons by NBC.

The report claims Spielberg will serve as an executive producer, but it is not known if he will direct any episodes.

Nabbing a big Hollywood name like Steven Spielberg is a big coupe for Apple as it tries to establish its original programming. It already has two series in tow with Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps, but Amazing Stories is a much more prestigious project.

Right now, Apple’s original content only serves as an add-on to Apple Music. With talented names like Steven Spielberg signing on, it may only be a matter of time before Apple creates a service solely dedicated to its TV content.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...