Bryan Fuller has officially exited Amazing Stories, vacating the showrunner slot for Apple's reboot of the TV series. As Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to dominate in the field of original streaming content, Apple has been slowly ramping up for their own TV offerings. The tech company has been gathering talent around itself, with Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore and La La Land director Damien Chazelle both working on projects. Unfortunately, Fuller is no longer among their ranks.
Fuller first boarded the reboot of NBC's TV show Amazing Stories back in 2015. Spinning various fantasy and sci-fi yarns in an anthology format, the original series took its name from a popular magazine from the '20s and spent two seasons in the '80s serving up inventive tales. Apple picked up the Amazing Stories reboot after NBC passed on it, recruiting the original show's producer Stephen Spielberg in the process. Fuller was still attached at the time, but that's no longer the case.
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THR is reporting that creative differences with Apple over the direction of the show led Fuller to exit Amazing Stories. Fuller reportedly envisioned the show being an anthology series in the vein of Black Mirror, but Apple had something different in mind. While it's not clear yet what creative direction the series will be going in instead, Hart Hanson (Bones) is set to take on more responsibilities behind the scenes, and potentially serve as showrunner in Fuller's absence.
Fuller departing Amazing Stories is far from the first time that he has stepped down from a TV show over artistic differences. The writer/producer stepped down as Star Trek: Discovery's showrunner for similar reasons back in 2016, well before the show began streaming through CBS All Access. Then, just a couple of months ago, Fuller and Michael Green exited as American God's showrunners, despite having already begun work on the show's second season.
For fans of Fuller's efforts as showrunner on acclaimed TV series like Hannibal and Pushing Daisies, as well as American Gods season 1, his departure from Amazing Stories will surely come as disheartening news. Fuller is now working on a Vampire Chronicles TV series based on the Anne Rice book franchise, so his fans will have to cross their fingers and hope that "creative differences" don't rear their head yet again, in this case.
It's unknown when Apple will begin launching their TV initiative, but it seems they're keen to get all of their ducks in a row first. Whether this setback will delay the premiere of Amazing Stories is unclear, but it will be interesting to see what tone the series strikes when it does arrive.
More on Amazing Stories as the story develops.