The 1985 anthology series created by Steven Spielberg is getting relaunched.
According to EW, Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller will write and executive-produce a pilot for a proposed new version of Amazing Stories on NBC. The original show, which premiered 30 years ago, was supervised by Spielberg and ran for two seasons. It brought tales of the fantastic, the weird and the supernatural to the small screen under the direction of top-shelf talents like Martin Scorsese, Joe Dante, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Irvin Kershner, Danny DeVito and many more, along with Spielberg himself (who is not involved in the new edition).
Genre anthologies (and the format in general) have gone up and down in popularity throughout the years: Although the original Twilight Zone ran for five years, two modern-day revivals failed to take off. The original 1963 Outer Limits only lasted two seasons, yet the 1995 revival dragged on for seven. Shows like Tales From the Crypt flourished in syndication for years, while others like Night Visions barely got into the double digits in episodes. One recent success, the UK's Black Mirror, is being imported by Netflix.
Yet it remains to be seen whether a full-fledged anthology, with a different story every week, can work again on network TV. The latest trend -- series like True Detective or American Horror Story, which tell one story over the course of a season before changing to a completely different one the following year -- could provide a template, but Amazing Stories doesn't seem like it would work in that format.
The title of the show -- past version and possible future one -- is taken from the long-running magazine that was the first outlet dedicated solely to science fiction. The original Amazing Stories magazine was created and published in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback, for whom the Hugo Award is named.
Would you like to see a new version of Amazing Stories on TV? Do you think the "story of the week" format can be successfully revived, especially with sci-fi tales?