Apple’s Amazing Stories will pay tribute to Robert Forster
Audiences are still reeling from the recent loss of actor Robert Forster, who passed away on Oct. 11, and Apple has now announced that the upcoming reboot of Amazing Stories will pay tribute to the actor, who starred in an episode of the anthology prior to his death, according to Deadline.
Forster stars in the episode “Dynoman and the Volt,” directed by Susana Fogel, that surrounds an awkward tween boy and his grandpa (Forster) who wrestle with feeling powerless, but when a superhero ring Grandpa ordered out of the back of a comic book arrives 50 years late and has the power to turn them into actual superheroes. The episode will feature an “In memory of” card to honor the late actor.
Edward Burns will also star and executive produce an episode for the upcoming anthology. Burns will play a government agent named Bill Kaminski. Mark Mylod (Game of Thrones) will direct, with Austin Stowell (Bridge of Spies) and Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire) co-starring.
This project also reunites Burns with Spielberg, whose company, Amblin Entertainment, executive produced Public Morals, a TNT cop drama that Burns wrote, directed, as well as starred in.
As the Amazing Stories reboot moves forward at Apple, Bones creator Hart Hanson is stepping up for a larger role in the series that “will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.” 10 episodes in total have been ordered for the new series with each entry said to have a $5 million budget.
Amazing Stories first premiered in September of 1985 fresh off of Spielberg’s success from producing Back to the Future and directing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The series’ episodes ranged from fantasy-themed to more sci-fi or horror-focused episodes and featured a veritable who’s who of directors behind each episode, including Spielberg himself, plus Bob Clark, Clint Eastwood, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Irvin Kershner, Robert Zemeckis, Danny DeVito, Tom Holland, Brad Bird, Nick Castle, and even Burt Reynolds. The series, despite twelve Emmy nominations and five wins, was canceled after two seasons.
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