Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Need proof Apple wants to dethrone Netflix? It just nabbed Spielberg

Need proof Apple wants to dethrone Netflix? It just nabbed Spielberg

Apple is looking to get into the original production game, following in the footsteps of Hulu, Amazon, and of course Netflix.

The maker of the iPhone and iPad plans to release a remake of Steven Spielberg's science fiction anthology series "Amazing Stories, " according to NBCUniversal, one of the TV companies working with the technology giant.

Up until now, Apple's initial forays into original video content have been more of a tepid toe-dip than a head-first dive, but that's about to change.

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The biggest twist about the upcoming reboot of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories might be where it landed. The show only ran for two seasons on NBC before being canceled. EW first exclusively reported the reboot was in the works two years ago with Fuller, who was the showrunner of NBC's Hannibal and is now on Starz' American Gods. 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 show has since developed a cult-like status. 10 episodes in total have been ordered, with each entry said to have a $5 million budget. It's the first show to be greenlit by Apple since poaching executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht from Sony in June. The NBC series won five Emmys, including one for guest actor John Lithgow, and earned Spielberg a directing nom for the memorable World War II-themed episode "The Mission".

Apple's original programming division is putting some fantastic plans into motion.

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