A new series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone has landed at Apple. Deadline reports that the limited event series, based on Donald L. Miller’s book “Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany,” is a follow-up to the Emmy-winning World War II HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”
“The book tells the story of the American bomber boys in WWII who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep,” Deadline reports. “It becomes the first series greenlit with Apple serving as the studio as the company is joining major streamers like Netflix and Amazon, which also produce and own content. Deadline hears that the miniseries will be more than eight hours in length, and that it will cost well north of $200 million to produce.”
Spielberg, Hanks and Goetzman will executive produce, and Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will co-executive produce, along with Steven Shareshian of Playtone.
“The series is being written by ‘Band of Brothers’ alumnus John Orloff, who is also a co-executive producer as is another ‘Band of Brothers’ alum, Graham Yost,” Deadline adds, noting that the project was originally developed at HBO and was seen as the final chapter of a trilogy following the acclaimed “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”
“Masters of the Air” will stream exclusively on Apple TV+.