One of the best pieces of WWII media ever produced is undoubtedly the miniseries Band of Brothers. Produced by director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks, who had previously collaborated on fellow WWII standout Saving Private Ryan, the 2001 miniseries has garnered loads of praise and accolades over the years. And now, Spielberg and Hanks are reuniting to produce another WWII miniseries in the same vein.
The new series will be called Masters of the Air, and is based on the book of the same name by Donald L. Miller. The series will tell the story of “America’s Bomber Boys” who patrolled the skies over Germany during the Big One. Hanks and Spielberg will produce the series for Apple’s upcoming streaming service, Apple TV+, and the limited series drama will be the first in-house production for Apple. This will mark the third WWII miniseries collaboration between Hanks and Spielberg, following Band of Brothers and 2010’s The Pacific, both of which originally aired on HBO. Like those two series, Masters of the Air will tell similar dramatized war-time stories, but it will not be a sequel in the traditional sense. In other words, don’t expect any returning characters. John Orloff, one of the writers on Band of Brothers, has been hired to pen the new series.
No word yet on when the series will premiere, but with a production of this size, it likely won’t be anytime soon.