Apple has kick-started its drive to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video by buying a science-fiction TV series from Steven Spielberg. The new content deal is between Universal TV, Spielberg-owned Amblin Television and Apple.
According to The Wall Street Journal, each episode will have a budget of more than $5 million, ... While that's around half of what Game of Thrones costs, it's the same as what HBO spent on each episode of the excellent Boardwalk Empire. While the future plans for the series revival haven't been revealed, the original "Amazing Stories" run attracted guest appearances from a list of stars that included Kevin Costner, Harvey Keitel, Charlie Sheen, Mark Hamill and John Lithgow, while its list of episode directors and writers included Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis and Brad Bird. It was nominated for 12 Emmy awards and won five during its two-year run.
Can only imagine those that now working with Spielberg will be on the new show, so expect to see Hanks, Hanks, Hanks and some Hanks.
Apple (AAPL) is serious about original content-a space that is getting increasingly crowded. Amburg and Erlicht have helped produce hit shows like Breaking Bad.
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That appears to be the case with Thomas , who spoke about his Boston exit in a candid interview with SI's Lee Jenkins . Some players really don't want to be traded. "He's a great kid and I wish him the best".
"It's wonderful to be reunited with our colleagues Zack [Van Amburg] and Jamie [Erlicht] in their new capacity at Apple".
Spielberg originally created the series for NBC in the U.S. and the revival will be produced for Apple by Amblin alongside NBCUniversal-owned Universal TV.
Apple Music has released unscripted series Planet Of The Apps and Carpool Karaoke and is about to release a documentary about music industry legend Clive Davis.