Masters of the Air based on the second World War is going to be produced by Apple’s newly formed studio. The tech giant’s upcoming streaming service Apple TV+ is set to launch soon, it has a long list of content lined up for it.
However, Apple did not own any of the announced series and films until now. The new studio will produce the series which is based on a book by Donald L Miller titled, “Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany.”
Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Steven Spielberg will act as executive producers for the show. The legendary duo of Spielberg and Hanks has previously collaborated on Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010) for cable network mammoth, HBO. Both series received worldwide acclaim and numerous awards on their release.
The series was developed for HBO too as the third in a trilogy. However, “After careful consideration, HBO decided not to move forward with ‘Masters of the Air.’ We look forward to our next collaboration with Playtone and Amblin,” HBO said in a statement to CNN.
Therefore Apple stepped in to take over and this is the first series in which the tech company will serve as a production studio.
Golden Globe and Emmy award winner, Graham Yost will be co-executive producer along with Playtone’s Steven Shareshian and Ambin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. John Orloff who also wrote Band of Brothers is writing the series and will also be a co-executive producer.
Apple’s new studio does not have a name yet but it will be headed by Apple’s Worldwide Video heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, who previously led Sony Pictures TV.
Apple TV+ is set to launch on 1 November 2019 at $4.99 per month.