Spielberg Brings The Thunder To Apple TV+
No Time To Die’s Cary Joji Fukunaga is to direct the sequel series to the award-winning Band Of Brothers called Masters Of The Air.
Fukunaga will direct the first three episodes of the forthcoming limited series on Apple TV+. The World War II 10-episode story is an adaptation of the Donald L. Miller book, Masters Of The Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany.
The show will follow American bomber pilots of the U.S. Eighth Air Force who, on a daily basis, risked flying at 25,000 feet in freezing air, and in broad daylight, to bring the suffering to Adolf’s doorstep.
Three years (1942-1945) of constant, high-risk bombing runs by the Eighth over cities like Berlin, Dresden and Hanover were, for much of the war, the only battles Allied forces waged inside the territorial boundaries of Nazi Germany.
The Eighth’s effort to free Europe from the Third Reich included the unleashing of 697,000 tonnes of bombs which proved to be overwhelmingly costly for the Nazis.
By war’s end, over 47,000 of the 115,000 U.S. Army Air Force casualties were from the Eighth.
This is guaranteed to be a graphic, visually stunning streaming series, considering that the average fatality rate of B-17 bomber pilots over Germany in World War II was staggering:
“In a single 376-plane raid in August 1943, 60 B-17s were shot down. That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in England. In 1942-43 it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to complete a 25-mission tour in Europe.”
It marks Fukunaga’s first foray into TV since he won an Emmy for season one of True Detective in 2014, before following it up with Maniac in 2018.
The show serves to close out Hanks and Spielberg’s trilogy on World War II and the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation which began with Band Of Brothers and continued through The Pacific.
Spielberg, Hanks and Gary Goetzman will executive produce the series, with Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey as co-executive producers along with Steven Shareshian of Playtone. The series is being written by Band Of Brothers alumnus John Orloff and Graham Yost, who are also co-executive producers.
Shooting on Masters Of The Air is expected to begin in next March in London.