HBO's Band of Brothers Team Developing WWII Drama for Apple TV Plus

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 13, 2019

"Masters of the Air", the long-awaited next WWII television series from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone, will be taking flight at Apple. The legendary duo are on board once again, which comes as no surprise given that Spielberg was a prominent figure at the Apple TV Plus launch event in March.

The tech giant has chose to name its internal studio Masters, and has placed worldwide video heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht in charge of overseeing it.

As well as this, Apple+ has put a $200 million price-tag on "Masters of the Air" for a single miniseries, meaning it's going to look just as good - if not better - than "Band of Brothers" or "The Pacific".

Apple reportedly ordered nine-episodes of the Masters of the Air series that focuses on historian Donald L. Miller's nonfiction book Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. Also co-Executive Producing are John Orloff and Graham Yost who previously worked on Band of Brothers. The show won a handful of Emmys and a Golden Globe, while its successor "The Pacific" was also an awards season success.

Spielberg and Hanks had originally planned to keep the mini-series with HBO and had actually developed the project with the network.

Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Amblin Television are set to be co-Executive Producers, along with Steven Shareshian of Playtone.

This is the second big acquisition for Apple this week, as it also announced that it will be the exclusive TV home of Oscar-winning Roma and Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón.

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