Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tom Hanks & Gary Goetzman’s Playtone have closed a deal with Apple for an event series adaptation of Donald L. Miller’s book “Masters of the Air”.
The story will follow American bomber crews in WWII who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. The project is the final chapter in a trilogy that began with their Emmy-winning HBO miniseries “Band Of Brothers” and “The Pacific”.
Originally in development at HBO, that premium cabler opted not to do another and so the project moved to Apple could also better finance the incredibly expensive series – one that will clock in at over eight hours in length and cost well over $200 million to produce.
Spielberg, Hanks and Goetzman will be the executive producers on the project which will be the first output from Apple’s new in-house studio. “Band of Brothers” scribe John Orloff is penning while Graham Yost is returning as co-executive producer.
“Masters of the Air” will stream exclusively on Apple TV+.