It’s been 30 years since NBC debuted the Steven Spielberg-produced anthology series Amazing Stories. Like nearly every other ’80s film and TV series, it seems, now it’s coming back. Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller is set to write and executive produce Universal TV’s remake of the 1985-87 series for NBC, giving the network a player in the reinvigorated anthology genre. Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also are EPs on the project. As is the case with all Amblin TV projects, Spielberg could come on board as executive producer after the pilot.
The original Amazing Stories got an initial two-season order but didn’t click with audiences and was canceled. The 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.”
NBC cancelled Hannibal in June after three seasons. There were efforts to find another home for the series, and fans railed on the network during the show’s postmortem panel at Comic-Con, but Fuller defended his former home. “Hey, NBC let us do some crazy shit for three years,” he said after NBC was booed at the event. “They deserve our applause.” He now is working on the upcoming Starz drama American Gods.
The Amazing Stories remake news was first reported by EW.com.