Apple taps Steven Spielberg for original sci-fi show

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Steven Spielberg takes the stage at Comic-Con International in 2017.
Apple is reportedly ready to whip up some new amazing stories with Steven Spielberg.
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Apple is set to make its biggest push into original content yet by inking a deal with one of the biggest directors in Hollywood history.

Steven Spielberg and Apple reportedly will create new episodes of Amazing Stories. The science fiction anthology series originally ran in the 1980s on NBC, but will be relaunched with all-new episodes.

A reported 10 episodes of the new show have been ordered by Apple to start. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the budget for Amazing Stories will be more than $5 million an episode.

Apple plans to spend $1 billion on original programming over the next year in an effort to bring in more subscribers to Apple Music and other services. Apple hopes to double its service revenues to $50 billion by 2020.

The deal to make Amazing Stories episodes was signed by Spielberg’s Amblin Television company as well as NBCUniversal television production.

Rebooting the series may prove challenging, since many younger viewers likely aren’t familiar with the series. But having Spielberg on as an executive producer should make it more interesting than Apple’s first original shows, Carpool Karaoke: The Series and Planet of the Apps.

A launch date for the show hasn’t been revealed yet, but sometime in 2018 is most likely. Apple declined to comment on whether the deal has been officially signed.