Masters of the Air: Spielberg and Hanks fly to Apple TV+ for Band of Brothers follow-up
Stephanie Christodoulou | On 14, Oct 2019Reading time: 1 mins
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are reuniting for a Band of Brothers follow-up at Apple TV+.
The World War II HBO miniseries, and its successor The Pacific, earned a total of 43 Emmy nominations and 14 wins between them. Now, Masters of the Air, the third in the thematic trilogy, is on the way, but at Apple’s growing streaming platform rather than HBO.
John Orloff, who adapted two Band of Brothers episodes from the Stephen Ambrose book and was a consultant on The Pacific, is penning the drama, based on the Donald L. Miller book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany.
Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone have made a deal with Apple to produce the series, marking the first project where Apple will serve as the studio. Spielberg, Hanks and Goetzman will be the executive producers, alongside co-EPs Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of Amblin, Steven Shareshian of Playtone, plus Orloff and Band of Brothers veteran Graham Yost.
The series is expected to run for at least eight episodes and cost more than $200 million. The mammoth project was announced this weekend, just as Apple TV+ also inked a landmark overall deal with Alfonso Cuarón. It also follows another Spielberg project in the works at Apple TV+, the reboot of anthology series Amazing Stories.