Exclusive: Bryan Fuller developing new version of '80s anthology series
A new version of Amazing Stories is in the works.
The anthology series is now in development at NBC with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller, EW has learned exclusively.
Fuller will executive produce and write a pilot script for the project — an hourlong weekly anthology series telling fantastic, strange and supernatural stories.
The 1985 original ran for two seasons and was created and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, who we’re hearing is not involved in the reboot. The series earned 12 Emmy nominations and received five awards.
Amazing Stories will be produced by Universal Television with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (Under the Dome, Extant) serving as executive producers along with Fuller.
This will mark Fuller’s first series project for NBC since the acclaimed Hannibal, which ran for three seasons and concluded this summer. Fuller is also showrunning the upcoming Starz fantasy series American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel.
Anthology series have been popularized recently on a season-long basis by shows like Fargo, True Detective and American Horror Story. But series that tell a different story each week (like The Twilight Zone), as opposed to a full season, are still very rare. U.K. techno-thriller Black Mirror is a key exception: last month, Netflix commissioned a full new season of the show. Recently, The CW explored making a new version of Tales from the Crypt, but the project never received a series greenlight.
Amazing Stories marks the latest retro TV series to get put into the development pipeline for revival, with other recent titles including Nancy Drew, MacGyver, The A-Team and Fantasy Island.
Here’s the original opening credits for the NBC version (dubbed):