Back in August, the Wall Road Journal reported that Apple had put aside $1 billion to be used over the following yr for buying unique video content material. Now, the identical publication studies that the iPhone maker has struck its first massive deal: an settlement to resurrect 80’s Steven Spielberg anthology collection Amazing Stories.
The director/producer/screenwriter’s Amblin Tv company and NBC’s Common TV production unit will produce 10 episodes of the upcoming collection. Every episode has a price range of round $5 million. Whereas that’s round half of what Sport of Thrones prices, it’s the identical as what HBO spent on every episode of the wonderful Boardwalk Empire.
The Twilight Zone-style Amazing Stories initially aired on the NBC broadcast community from 1985 to 1987. Very like Rod Serling’s present and The Outer Limits, every episode was a standalone story with a fantasy, horror, or science fiction theme. It was nominated for 12 Emmy awards and received 5 throughout its two-year run.
Individuals acquainted with the matter say Spielberg will doubtless be an govt producer within the new model of the present. Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller will function showrunner.
Earlier this yr, Apple made its unique content material ambitions clear when it employed prime Sony TV executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to run video programming. The pair have been concerned in prime TV exhibits equivalent to Breaking Dangerous and Shark Tank.
“It’s fantastic to be reunited with our colleagues Zack [Van Amburg] and Jamie [Erlicht] of their new capability at Apple. We love being on the forefront of Apple’s funding in scripted programming, and might’t consider a greater property than Spielberg’s beloved “Amazing Stories” franchise with the genius of Bryan Fuller on the helm and extra thrilling artistic partnerships to come,” mentioned NBC Leisure president Jennifer Salke.
Apple is getting into a aggressive subject of unique programming and can face not solely the standard studios’ output, but in addition that from the like of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. We nonetheless don’t know precisely how the company plans to distribute the exhibits. It may revamp Apple Music, the place Apple’s Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps are discovered, or it may launch an entire new subscription service.