TheHollywoodReporter has revealed that Apple TV+ has landed the third WWII series from Amblin Television/Playtone, who previously gave us HBO’s Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

The series is titled Masters of The Air and seemingly was passed over by HBO which will be produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

This new series based on Donal L. Miller’s nonfiction novel Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany, will focus on the war in the air and the U.S. bombers.

Here is a snippet about the book via Simon and Schuster.

Masters of the Air is the deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, Donald Miller takes you on a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden and describes the terrible cost of bombing for the German people.

Fighting at 25,000 feet in thin, freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear. Unlike infantrymen, bomber boys slept on clean sheets, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the swing music of Glenn Miller’s Air Force band, which toured US air bases in England. But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers.

The bomber crews were an elite group of warriors who were a microcosm of America—white America, anyway. The actor Jimmy Stewart was a bomber boy, and so was the “King of Hollywood,” Clark Gable. And the air war was filmed by Oscar-winning director William Wyler and covered by reporters like Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite, all of whom flew combat missions with the men. The Anglo-American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II, a war within a war. Until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in the final months of the war, it was the only battle fought inside the German homeland.

Masters of the Air is a story of life in wartime England and in the German prison camps, where tens of thousands of airmen spent part of the war. It ends with a vivid description of the grisly hunger marches captured airmen were forced to make near the end of the war through the country their bombs destroyed.

They reveal the pricey WWII series will have a price tag in the range of $250 million.

The decision, sources say, was based on the price tag for the series, which is said to clock in at an estimated $250 million. 

Apple will also be launching its own in-house studio with Masters of The Air, which could help with keeping production costs down and controlling production schedules on their content.

Additionally, Apple is officially launching its own internal studio Masters, making the series the first that it will own in-house. Apple’s Worldwide Video heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht will also oversee the studio in a move that brings them back to their roots as head of Sony Pictures TV.

After watching plenty of WWII documentaries, the life expectancy for bomber pilots during missions over the war didn’t have great odds and could lead to a rather large tear-jerker series if we’re going to get to know these characters well along with being based on real airmen who fought in the war.


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