Masters Of The Air – Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman are back together again for another World War II miniseries, this time called Masters of the Air. The series will follow the story of the American bomber crews of the 8th Air Force, who flew dangerous missions over Nazi Germany during the war.
Back in 2001, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg collaborated on the massive HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers, which followed the training and deployment of the US Army 101st Airborne Division’s Easy Company. It follows their duty in Europe during World War II, from Operation Overlord to V-J Day. The Pacific, released in 2010, shifted the focus to the Pacific Theater of the conflict as seen through the eyes of several young Marines. That was also for HBO, but Apple TV+ has rushed in with its heavy guns (in this case, wallets) and snagged the duo’s most recent collaboration, Masters Of The Air. Which, as you might think, involves airmen and stars Austin Butler.
Masters of the Air is scheduled to premiere on Apple TV+ on January 26, 2024.
Masters Of The Air is based on Donald L. Miller’s book of the same name and was written by John Orloff. It follows the men of the 100th Bomb Group (the “Bloody Hundredth”) as they conduct perilous bombing raids over Nazi Germany and deal with the frigid conditions, lack of oxygen, and sheer terror of combat at 25,000 feet in the air.
The psychological and emotional cost paid by these young men as they helped defeat Hitler’s Third Reich is central to the show: some were shot down and captured; others were wounded or died. And some were fortunate enough to return home. Regardless of their unique fates, they all paid a price.
“Masters Of The Air is a salute to the brave men of the 8th Air Force, who, through their courage and brotherhood, helped defeat Nazi Germany in World War II,” Gary Goetzman, the executive producer, said in a statement. “Tom and Steven have always wanted to film what our author Don Miller refers to as the’singular event in the history of warfare.'” We’re happy that Apple TV+ has allowed us to unite the talents of so many creative people, both on-screen and behind the camera, to deliver this essential story.”
Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann, Rafferty Law, Barry Keoghan, Josiah Cross, Brandt Cook, and (since no high-profile production is complete without him these days) Ncuti Gatwa round out the cast.
Spielberg has a long history of making acclaimed war films, and Hanks and Goetzman have also worked on several successful war projects. Masters of the Air is sure to be one of the most anticipated TV events of 2024.
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