Apple is partnering with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone for a limited series based on Donald L. Miller's 2006 book, Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany, that will release on the company's new streaming service, Apple TV+, Deadline reports. The program will serve as a followup to the trio's World War II HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
Masters of the Air will be the first series with Apple acting as the studio, as it is now producing its own content alongside the launch of Apple TV+. According to Deadline, the miniseries — centering around the American bombers in World War II — will span more than eight hours, costing over $200 million to produce.
Spielberg, Hanks, and Goetzman are executive producing Masters of the Air, with Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey co-executive producing alongside Playtone's Steven Shareshian, and John Orloff and Graham Yost of Band of Brothers. Orloff has also been tapped to write the series.
Masters of the Air was originally intended to complete HBO's trilogy of WWII projects, as developed by Spielberg, Hanks, and Goetzman. Deadline says that HBO eventually "left the historical WWII event miniseries space," allowing Apple to swoop in and produce the program.
Masters of the Air will be available exclusively on Apple TV+. The new streaming service launches November 1.
For more on Apple acquiring Masters of the Air, visit Deadline.