Apple to retell Spielberg's Amazing Stories

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS JUNE 28-29- United States soccer fans Ally Goodman left and Callie Pote right react with other fans as they watch the world cup match between the United States and Germany at Three Lions sports bar in Denver on Thursday

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS JUNE 28-29- United States soccer fans Ally Goodman left and Callie Pote right react with other fans as they watch the world cup match between the United States and Germany at Three Lions sports bar in Denver on Thursday

Reports indicate that Apple will be rebooting Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, a science-fiction television series which gained a cult following in the 80s. The drama ran for two series on the United States network NBC in the mid-1980s, with minimal ratings success, but will now be revived for the on-demand era.

Among the executive producers on the anthology series will be Bryan Fuller, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

Spielberg originally created the series for NBC in the United States and the revival will be produced for Apple by Amblin alongside NBCUniversal-owned Universal TV.

The original "Amazing Stories", which ran from 1985-1987, was Spielberg's attempt to create an updated "Twilight Zone" or "The Outer Limits", The Verge reported on Wednesday. The critical acclaim of the show did not however translate into ratings success.

Earlier this year, Apple made its original content ambitions clear when it hired top Sony TV executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to run video programming.

It has also been buying original movies and TV shows for its music app, the second-largest paid music service in the world after Spotify.

Apple is expected to spend more than $50 million (£38 million) on 10 new episodes of "Amazing Stories" as part of a $1 billion investment in programming over the next year. One of its first shows was "Carpool Karaoke" which was based on James Corden's CBS Show "The Late Late Show With James Corden".

It is still unclear how Apple will release its shows - or when.