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Momentum is picking up on "Masters of Air," a followup to "Band of Brothers," that's coming to Apple TV+, reports Deadline. "Masters of Air" is the first series that's coming from Apple's own internal production studio run by Apple TV+ heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.

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Austin Butler and Callum Turner have been cast as the series stars. Austin Butler is currently filming "Elvis," a movie where he is playing the titular character. He's also been in multiple TV shows like "The Carrie Diaries" and "The Shannara Chronicles," plus he had a role in "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood." Callum Turner is a British actor who has starred in other TV miniseries like "War & Peace," and "The Capture," along with "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."

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"Masters of Air" is based on the novel "Masters of the Air" by Donald L. Miller. It follows the story of the American and British bomber boys in World War II. Butler will play Major Gale Cleven, while Turner will play Major John Egan.

John Orloff, who wrote "Band of Brothers," is writing "Masters of Air" for Apple, and Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are serving as executive producers on the series.

According to Deadline, Apple is making 10 episodes of "Masters of Air," with the show expected to cost upwards of $200 million to produce.

"Masters of Air" follows both "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific," which aired on HBO. Both were highly popular shows, with "Band of Brothers" winning seven Emmys and "The Pacific" winning eight Emmys.

Article Link: Apple's 'Band of Brothers' Followup 'Masters of Air' to Star Austin Butler and Callum Turner
 
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Naraxus

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Tom Hanks's company produced the BoB and The Pacific series I think. It would have been nice to get him in on this. Regardless this is a series I'm looking forward to greatly.

Edit: Yes Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg both produced BoB and TP
 

Colton Mathis

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Tom Hanks's company produced the BoB and The Pacific series I think. It would have been nice to get him in on this. Regardless this is a series I'm looking forward to greatly.

Edit: Yes Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg both produced BoB and TP

Tom and Steven are both very involved -- executive producers.

John Orloff, who wrote "Band of Brothers," is writing "Masters of Air" for Apple, and Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are serving as executive producers on the series.
 

orbital~debris

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Callum Turner gave an absolutely fantastic performance in The Capture – highly recommend seeking this BBC miniseries out and giving it a watch.
 

gnipgnop

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Can't claim to know how the scripts will be written, but the book is about more than just the bomber crews. WWII was the first time that the U.S. had conducted an air war and as a result had to learn things the hard way. For example, the reason the U.S. bombers had so many gun turrets was because the Pentagon initially believed that adding them would eliminate the need for fighter escort. It took catastrophic loss of life and planes for the Pentagon to change that view.
 

Cosmosent

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Band of Brothers was an A++ series, & both Unique & Innovative.

And NOT for the faint of heart.

It told the true / real Story of war !
 
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jntdroid

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Band of Brothers was phenomenal. I re-watch it every few years and it still holds up. I was ok with, but wasn't as big a fan of The Pacific. Hopefully this new series is the same quality of BoB.

Ditto 100%. Though more often than every few years for me. :)

I also enjoyed The Pacific, but not to the same extent, and don't have the desire to re-watch it. I'm not 100% sure why to be honest. Something about BoB made it feel more like a connection with the real people to me.
 

Moonjumper

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Band of Brothers was phenomenal. I re-watch it every few years and it still holds up. I was ok with, but wasn't as big a fan of The Pacific. Hopefully this new series is the same quality of BoB.
I totally agree. I think the big difference was Band of Brothers followed many characters and there was a real threat that who the story was following would die (and it really hit hard whenever one did). The Pacific only really followed 3 characters (only 1 of which was interesting as portrayed), so there was little threat they would be killed, nor were there the same bonds between characters.

I hope this series is more like the Band of Brothers format.
 

jntdroid

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I totally agree. I think the big difference was Band of Brothers followed many characters and there was a real threat that who the story was following would die (and it really hit hard whenever one did). The Pacific only really followed 3 characters (only 1 of which was interesting as portrayed), so there was little threat they would be killed, nor were there the same bonds between characters.

I hope this series is more like the Band of Brothers format.

Yeah I think that's it. They did a masterful job of connecting the audience to so many different characters in BoB.
 
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