‘Amazing Stories’ is not exactly getting off to an amazing start. The show, which marks Apple’s first foray into the realm of original scripted programming, was dealt a stunning blow with the announcement today of the departure of not one but two of its key creative talents.
Bryan Fuller has stepped down from his position as executive producer and showrunner of the upcoming ‘Amazing Stories’. His departure is being described as “amicable.” Fuller had reportedly not turned in any scripts as of the announcement of his exit, and it remains unclear whether or not he will retain some sort of credit when the series airs (as he did with ‘Star Trek: Discovery). This marks the third series that Fuller has developed as a showrunner and abruptly left within the past year, following both ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘American Gods‘. Whatever the reason for these relatively rapid fire departures, it’s clear that a pattern is emerging.
But we can’t just chalk this up to a fear of commitment on Fuller’s part. Hours after Fuller’s exit went public, it was announced that executive producer Hart Hanson (best known for his decade at the helm of the Fox procedural ‘Bones’) would be leaving as well. Like Fuller, Both Fuller’s and Hanson’s departures have been credited to “creative differences,” with both producers feeling that neither Apple nor Amblin shared their vision for the show.
‘Amazing Stories’ is to be a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s anthology series. The revival, spearheaded by Apple, is being developed in conjunction with NBC Universal and Amblin Entertainment. Though the original series developed a cult following and won several Emmys, it never quite established a solid ratings foothold. Between this and a sizeable production budget for the period (at times reaching $1 million per episode) it was ultimately cancelled after two seasons. The reboot was ordered straight to series with a ten episode commitment.
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