One of Apple's first scripted shows has hit its first major snag, with the upcoming show Amazing Stories losing its showrunner Bryan Fuller. The split was said to be amicable, due to creative differences, since Bryan Fuller wanted to make the anthology series much darker, in the same vein as Netflix's Black Mirror, although that was much different than Apple's take on the series. An updated version of the original report also reveals that executive producer Hart Hanson has backed out of the show, as Apple and Universal Television begin the search for a new showrunner.
Bryan Fuller was actually attached to this series long before Apple was attached, with the writer-producer boarding this project when it was set up as an anthology series for NBC in 2015. At that time, Steven Spielberg, who co-created the original Amazing Stories series with Joshua Brand and John Falsey, was not attached to the series, but that all changed when Apple boarded the reboot, bringing in Spielberg along with Amblin Television's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, and Hart Hanson (Bones). Apple handed out a 10-episode order for the anthology series, but there is no indication as to when production may begin, as the search for a new showrunner begins.
The original series only ran for two seasons, between 1985 and 1987, but it picked up five Emmy awards, largely in technical categories, but John Lithgow also won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series. The series featured appearances from a number of well-known actors such as Charles Durning, Goonies star Jeff Cohen, Sid Caesar, Kevin Costner, Dom DeLuise, Gregory Hines, Harvey Keitel, David Carradine, Jon Cryer and even Mark Hamill, just to name a few. The series also featured plenty of talent behind the camera, with directors Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Joe Dante, Tobe Hooper, Robert Zemeckis and many more.
While this project was the one of the first that Apple picked up, they've been on quite the buying frenzy as of late. In November, they picked up a morning show comedy series starrring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and in December, they picked up an outer space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore. Last month, they also picked up a new comedy series from Kristen Wiig, which they won in a competitive bidding situation.
As for Bryan Fuller, he is currently working on The Vampire Chronicles for Paramount Television, an adaptation of Anne Rice's beloved novels. This news comes just weeks after both Bryan Fuller and Michael Green departed as showrunners on the Starz series American Gods, after differences about the show's budget arose. Bryan Fuller was also attached to Star Trek Discovery, but he backed away from that project to focus on American Gods. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news earlier today.