I think that there needs to be a distinction or at least a level of difference when it comes to revivals, remakes, and reboots. I don’t really like lumping them all into one bucket because it can get confusing. It’s one thing to take a movie or show from years past and brand it as something completely new. That’s like 21 Jump Street the movie vs. the show. It’s loosely based off the show but it’s completely its own thing. Then there’s something like Total Recall which is essentially the same movie with the same names but “newer.” Then you’ve got a “continuation” which I wouldn’t even call a reboot or remake. I’d call it a “revival.” Think Twin Peaks. That show is literally continuing where it left off (except for the 20 years later part.) Why do I bring this up? Because I’m completely on board for a revival of Amazing Stories.
Amazing Stories itself was a remake of a classic horror sci-fi show from the 60s called Outer Limits. Then Amazing Stories was out between 1985-1987. This anthology series features unreal fantasy and horror stories a la “The Twilight Zone.” Each short story was all-inclusive and many featured famous actors. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer of the show, which aired for two seasons on NBC.
Now there’s talks of a revival. I think this is a great time and place for an Amazing Stories to come back to TV. Nearly two years ago Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller was tapped to do an American Stories remake and now it’s coming to fruition. “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,” Fuller said.
Fuller, who’s been busy promoting American Gods at SXSW, just revealed some of the talent who will help him bring the anthology series to life once more. Patton Oswalt, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon, and Jane Goldman will all serve as writers for the series.
There’s still no word on any kind of production schedule or premiere date but I’m just happy it’s being worked on.