Donald L. Miller's book Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany is being adapted for the small screen, with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone taking the project to Apple. The series will finish off Tom Hanks and Steve Spielberg's World War II trilogy that started with Band of Brothers and continued with The Pacific.
American bomber boys are at the center of this story, with the book following them into war and straight to Hitler's doorstep. This is the first TV show greenlit by Apple, now serving as a studio as they enter their own streaming war with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. They will continue to now produce their own content. Masters of the Air will reportedly cost upwards of $200 million to make.
Spielberg, Hanks and Goetzman are executive producing alongside Amblin Television's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, and Playtone's Steven Shareshian as co-executive producers. Band of Brothers alumnus John Orloff and Graham Yost will write the series, as well as serve as co-executive producers.
Masters of the Air was original developed at HBO by Spielberg, Hanks & Goetzman, which previously served as home to the first two installments in this Trilogy series. The previous shows earned a total of 43 Emmy nominations and 14 Emmy wins. Both of the miniseries won Outstanding Limited Series Emmys.
Apple is now in the process of building its programming portfolio with Apple TV+ streaming set to launch next month. And they are set to make the financial commitments a show like Masters of the Air needs. This is the second time this month that Apple has signed an exclusive deal, securing Oscar-winning Roma and Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón, with Apple set to be his exclusive TV home.
Masters of the Air is set to stream exclusively on Apple TV+. This will be Steven Spielberg's second big project for the streaming service. He previously set up an Apple deal to produce new episodes of the classic 80s anthology Amazing Stories, rebooting the show for new audiences. Masters of the Air is also the latest international drama for the streamer, with series Pachinko and Shant previously announced.
Apple TV+ will be available starting November 1. They will be offering a powerful and inspiring lineup of original shows, movies and documentaries, including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in The Morning Show. Dickinson, a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, explores the constraints of society, gender and family through the lens of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson. See, an epic drama starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, is set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated humankind and rendered the remaining population blind. When all humanity has lost the sense of sight, humans must adapt and find new ways to survive. Others include For All Mankind and The Elephant Queen. This news comes from Deadline.