Amazing Stories
Genre
Based onAmazing Stories
by Steven Spielberg
Theme music composerJohn Williams
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)

Amazing Stories is an American anthology series based on the 1985 television series of the same name created by Steven Spielberg. The series is produced for Apple TV+ and its executive producers for the series include Spielberg, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey. It premiered on March 6, 2020.[1] A second season is currently in limbo, as the series has not been officially cancelled, nor has it officially been renewed.

The name Amazing Stories is taken from the first science fiction magazine, which was launched in 1926 and has continued in various formats for decades.

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [2]
1"The Cellar"Chris LongJessica SharzerMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)

An accidental time-traveler (Dylan O'Brien) has a romance with a woman (Victoria Pedretti) a hundred years in the past.

Also starring: Micah Stock, Sasha Alexander
2"The Heat"Sylvain WhiteChinaka HodgeMarch 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)

After a hit-and-run collision, the ghost of a track athlete (Hailey Kilgore) investigates her death and helps her best friend (E'myri Crutchfield) train for a college track scholarship.

Also starring: Shane Paul McGhie, Ezana Alem
3"Dynoman and the Volt!"Susanna FogelPeter AckermanMarch 20, 2020 (2020-03-20)

A grandfather (Robert Forster) receives a superhero ring that he ordered in the mail 60 years ago, enabling him to become a hero to his comic-obsessed grandson (Tyler Crumley).

Also starring: Kyle Bornheimer. Dedicated to Forster, who died in October 2019.
4"Signs of Life"Michael DinnerLeah FongMarch 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)

Sara (Michelle Wilson) awakens from a six-year coma with memory loss and other strange behaviors. Her adult daughter Alia (Sasha Lane), who struggles after dropping out of school, discovers that Sara is linked to other similar cases.

Also starring: Josh Holloway
5"The Rift"Mark MylodDon Handfield and Richard RaynerApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)

A World War II fighter plane crashes outside of Dayton, Ohio. Passerby Mary Ann (Kerry Bishé) rescues the pilot, Lt. Theodore Cole (Austin Stowell), and learns that he had been shot down over Burma. Mary Ann and her stepson Elijah (Duncan Joiner) protect Cole as he is pursued by federal agents who believe that his presence is a bad omen.

Also starring: Edward Burns, Juliana Canfield. Adapted from the 2017 graphic novel of the same name.[3]

Production

Development

On October 23, 2015, it was announced that NBC was developing a reboot of the 1985 anthology television series Amazing Stories created by Steven Spielberg. Bryan Fuller was expected to write the pilot episode and executive produce alongside Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Universal Television. At that time, Spielberg was not expected to be involved with the series.[4]

On October 10, 2017, it was announced that Apple Inc. had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. It was further announced that Amblin Television would serve as an additional production company for the series.[5]

On February 7, 2018, it was reported that Fuller had stepped down as showrunner of the series over creative differences. It was unclear as to whether Fuller would have a different role in the production going forward but it was clarified that he had not delivered a script to Apple before his departure.[6] Later that day, it was also reported that executive producer Hart Hanson was exiting the series as well.[7] On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Once Upon a Time creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz had joined the production as executive producers and showrunners.[8] On December 4, 2018, it was reported that Mark Mylod would direct an episode of the series executive produced by Edward Burns.[9]

Casting

On December 4, 2018, it was announced that Edward Burns, Austin Stowell, and Kerry Bishé would guest star together in an episode.[9] On October 11, 2019, it was announced that Robert Forster would appear on the show and would be his final role after his death in the episode "Dynaman and the Volt."[10] On January 19, 2020, it was announced that Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti, Josh Holloway, and Sasha Alexander would also appear on the show.[11]

Filming

Principal photography for the series began in November 2018 in Georgia, US. Filming took place in various locations around the state that month including Alto, Forsyth, Griffin, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, and Downtown Atlanta.[12][13] In December 2018, the production was shooting in areas such as Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Kirkwood, and Flowery Branch.[14] In January 2019, the series was working out of locations in Atlanta including the Starlight Drive-In Theatre, Emory University's Briarcliff campus and the Centennial Olympic Park.[15]

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 40% based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 5.07/10. The website's critical consensus states, "While Amazing Stories' aspirations are admirable, it feels more like a dated retread than a heartfelt reboot."[16] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]

Amazing Stories has been nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Television Presentation (under 10 episodes).[18]

References

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  3. ^ The Rift #1 (of 4) Archived 2020-11-16 at the Wayback Machine - comiXology
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (October 23, 2015). "'Amazing Stories' being revived at NBC with 'Hannibal' boss". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Koblin, John (2017-10-10). "Apple Joins Forces With Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2017-10-10. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
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  7. ^ Patten, Dominic; Andreeva, Nellie (February 8, 2018). "'Amazing Stories': Executive Producer Hart Hanson Exits Apple Series Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 22, 2018). "'Amazing Stories': Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Set As Showrunners For Apple Series, Re-Up ABC Studios Overall Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Petski, Denise (December 4, 2018). "'Amazing Stories': Edward Burns To Star, Executive Produce Episode Of Steven Spielberg's Apple Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 24, 2019). "'Amazing Stories' Apple Series To Pay Tribute To Robert Forster". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  11. ^ Bennett, Anita (January 19, 2020). "'Amazing Stories': Apple Unveils First Look Photo & Premiere Date For Steven Spielberg's Anthology Series – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Tubb, Raymond (November 30, 2018). "Film extras needed in Forsyth for reboot of Spielberg's 'Amazing Stories'". WMAZ-TV. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  13. ^ Walljasper, Matt (November 29, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Limited Partners, Watchmen, Stranger Things, plus unpacking the #BoycottGeorgia movement". Atlanta. Archived from the original on December 1, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Walljasper, Matt (December 20, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Undercover Brother 2, Limited Partners, Watchmen, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, and more". Atlanta. Archived from the original on December 24, 2018. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  15. ^ Walljasper, Matt (January 31, 2019). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Bad Boys for Life, Noelle, Amazing Stories, plus Atlanta's award nods". Atlanta. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
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  17. ^ "Amazing Stories (2020): Season 1". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  18. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 4, 2021). "Saturn Awards Nominations: 'Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker', 'Tenet', 'Walking Dead', 'Outlander' Lead List". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2021-03-04. Retrieved March 30, 2021.