We've known for several months now that Bryan Fuller is cooking up a new TV version of Amazing Stories, based on the 1985 Steven Spielberg-created anthology series of the same name, which itself derived its title from the legendary genre magazine. The series will allow Fuller to offer us his take on the anthology format and could offer a platform for a wide variety of stories from a wide variety of writers and directors.
Unfortunately, we haven't heard much about the series yet, since Fuller's been a little busy with American Gods, a show based on a novel by some guy named Neil Gaiman (this Gaiman kid, I think he's gonna be big).
American Gods is just weeks away from its premiere now, and fresh off its rapturous reception at SXSW, Fuller actually got a moment to talk about the next show. Speaking to Crave about the progress he's making on Amazing Stories, Fuller revealed four very exciting writers he's collaborating with on the project.
"It's still amazing, and we are working on a variety of scripts from a variety of sources, and we've got a lot of really great writers involved. So it feels like I'm curating the Amazing Stories magazine and I get to work with Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon and Jane Goldman ..."
Wow, that's a pretty great group of writers to lead off with.
If you're already into nerdy things, Patton Oswalt likely needs no introduction, but it's very cool to see him digging into this kind of writing. Jane Goldman's a genre blockbuster machine thanks to her frequent screenwriting collaborations with Matthew Vaughn on things like Stardust, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Then there's Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon. They co-created the very nerdy, very fun podcast The Indoor Kids and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. As screenwriters, they are responsible for The Big Sick, an autobiographical romantic comedy directed by the great Michael Showalter which premiered at Sundance to rave reviews and will see a wider release this June. Oh, and of course you may recognize Nanjiani from his stand-up and starring role on HBO's Silicon Valley, and it's quite possible you read and loved (or know someone who's read and loved) Gordon's book Super You.
Those, obviously, will not be the only writers to tackle Amazing Stories, but that's a hell of a start, and I can't wait to hear which other creators are getting a platform from Fuller and this series.
What do you think? Who would you like to see working on the series?