Masters of the Air

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Masters of the Air
GenreWar drama
Created by
Based onMasters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany
by Donald L. Miller
Developed byJohn Orloff
Directed by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
Budget$250–300 million
Original release
NetworkApple TV+

Masters of the Air is an upcoming American war drama streaming television miniseries created by John Shiban and John Orloff and developed by Orloff for Apple TV+.[1] It is based on the 2007 book Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald L. Miller and follows the actions of the 100th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, a unit nicknamed the “Bloody Hundredth” due to the heavy losses it incurred in combat missions.[2] The series serves as a companion to Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010). It is also the first series to be produced by Apple Studios, in cooperation with Playtone, and Amblin Television.

Filming began in England in 2021, but was delayed on several occasions due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] Masters of the Air is set to premiere on January 26, 2024.




No.TitleDirected byWritten by [1]Original release date [3]
1TBACary Joji FukunagaTeleplay by : John Orloff
Story by : John Shiban and John Orloff
January 26, 2024 (2024-01-26)
2TBACary Joji FukunagaJohn OrloffJanuary 26, 2024 (2024-01-26)
3TBACary Joji FukunagaTeleplay by : John OrloffFebruary 2, 2024 (2024-02-02)
4TBACary Joji FukunagaJohn OrloffFebruary 9, 2024 (2024-02-09)
5TBAAnna Boden and Ryan FleckJohn OrloffFebruary 16, 2024 (2024-02-16)
6TBAAnna Boden and Ryan FleckTBAFebruary 23, 2024 (2024-02-23)
7TBADee ReesJohn OrloffMarch 1, 2024 (2024-03-01)
8TBADee ReesTBAMarch 8, 2024 (2024-03-08)
9TBATim Van PattenTeleplay by : John Orloff & Joel Anderson Thompson
Story by : John Orloff
March 15, 2024 (2024-03-15)


Emblem of the Eighth Air Force in World War II

Reports of a third World War II-based miniseries in the same vein as Band of Brothers and The Pacific developed by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg began in October 2012, focusing on United States Army Air Forces aircrews of the Eighth Air Force.[4] In January 2013, HBO confirmed it was developing the miniseries, based on Donald L. Miller's book Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany to be adapted by John Orloff[5] and would specifically focus on the 100th Bombardment Group of the Eighth Air Force.[6]

In October 2019, it was reported that Apple had made a deal with Spielberg's and Hanks's respective production companies to stream the series exclusively on Apple TV+ instead of HBO.[7] In a statement, HBO later confirmed that it had decided not to move forward with the series.[8] Deadline Hollywood reported the series contains ten episodes, at a total production cost of over $200 million, while The Hollywood Reporter said it contains nine episodes at a total cost of $250 million.[9][10] The series was the first Apple TV+ series to go into production under the technology firm's in-house production company, Apple Studios.[11]

In October 2020, Cary Joji Fukunaga was announced to be directing the first three episodes of the series.[12] In February 2021, Austin Butler and Callum Turner were cast to star in the series.[9] Anthony Boyle and Nate Mann joined the cast in March,[13][14] with Raff Law, James Murray and Tommy Jessop added in April.[15][16][17] Freddy Carter revealed his casting in a May interview,[18] while set photos revealed Barry Keoghan was also cast.[19] In June, Dee Rees was announced as directing episodes of the series.[20] In July, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck were also announced as directing episodes.[21] Colleen Atwood served as costume designer.[22]

In February 2021, it was reported that production had begun at Dalton Barracks in Oxfordshire, England.[23] Retrospective temporary 12 month planning permission has been applied for at Newland Park, Chalfont St Peter, following the construction of a WWII barracks on the site.[24] Filming paused briefly in July due to positive COVID-19 tests.[25] Production also occurred in Hemel Hempstead.[26] The series used on-set virtual production by Lux Machina for cockpit scenes.[27][28]


Masters of the Air is set to premiere on Apple TV+ on January 26, 2024.[3]

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  2. ^ a b c d Solly, Meilan (November 9, 2023). "Watch the Trailer for 'Masters of the Air,' Steven Spielberg's Long-Awaited Follow-Up to 'Band of Brothers'". Smithsonian Magazine. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved November 10, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Webster, Andrew (October 5, 2023). "Apple's World War II series Masters of the Air premieres in January". The Verge. Retrieved October 5, 2023.
  4. ^ Keene, Allison (October 19, 2012). "HBO Considering Third BAND OF BROTHERS TV Series". Collider. Archived from the original on February 24, 2020.
  5. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (January 18, 2013). "HBO Developing Third WWII Miniseries with Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  6. ^ "What We Know So Far About Apple TV's Masters of the Air: The Latest on Upcoming WWII Miniseries About The Mighty Eighth". Footsteps Research. November 7, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (October 11, 2019). "Apple Enlists For 'Masters Of The Air' As Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks & Gary Goetzman Fly From HBO For WWII Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  8. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (October 11, 2019). "'Masters of the Air' from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks lands at Apple". CNN. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  9. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (February 26, 2021). "'Masters Of The Air': Austin Butler And Callum Turner To Star in 'Band Of Brothers' Sequel For Apple, Amblin & Playtone". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 11, 2019). "Apple Launches In-House Studio With 'Band of Brothers'/'The Pacific' Follow-Up". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  11. ^ Thorne, Will (October 11, 2019). "Apple Launches In-House Studio, Sets 'Band of Brothers' Follow-Up Series". Variety. Retrieved February 4, 2023.
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 8, 2020). "007 Helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga To Direct Trio Of WWII 'Masters Of The Air' Episodes For Apple TV+, Playtone & Amblin; Filmmaker Also Closing First-Look Apple Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 16, 2021). "'Masters Of The Air': Anthony Boyle Joins 'Band Of Brothers' Sequel For Apple, Amblin And Playtone". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  14. ^ Zorrilla, Mónica Marie (March 29, 2021). "Nate Mann to Star in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's World War II Series 'Masters of the Air' at Apple". Variety. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  15. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (April 6, 2021). "Raff Law Joins Apple Studios' 'Masters Of The Air', Playtone & Amblin WWII Drama Underway In UK". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  16. ^ Thomson, Emily (April 30, 2021). "What do we know about Spielberg and Hanks' war series set in Norfolk?". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  17. ^ Beresford, Jack. "Irish actor starring in Band of Brothers sequel Masters of the Air". The Irish Post. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  18. ^ "Freddy Carter Live Q&A with Entertainment Weekly". Instagram. TeamFreddyCUK. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  19. ^ Fletcher, Harry (April 25, 2021). "Line Of Duty's Tommy Jessop spotted on set of Steven Spielberg's WWII drama". Metro. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  20. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (June 17, 2021). "Director Dee Rees on the Importance of Debut 'Pariah' Becoming a Criterion Release: "We Have to Widen the Canon"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  21. ^ Prosser, Eirian Jane (July 19, 2021). "Masters of the Air cast: who could be spotted at Dalton Barracks, Oxfordshire". Oxford Mail. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  22. ^ "'Story Telling Through Time' - Hats of the Stage and Screen". The British Hat Guild. February 3, 2022. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  23. ^ Prosser, Eirian Jane (February 22, 2021). "First look at set for 'Tom Hanks' and 'Spielberg' TV show being filmed in Oxfordshire". Oxford Mail. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  24. ^ "Chiltern & South Bucks Areas Planning Portal". Buckinghamshire Council. February 4, 2021. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  25. ^ The New Normal on U.K. Productions: Vaccination Questions, Double Props and Tennis Balls
  26. ^ Smith, Matthew (October 20, 2021). "After Life Series 3, Masters of the Air and Sex Pistols biopic filming handed council six figures after closing town". Hertfordshire Mercury. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  27. ^ "MoTA = @cary_fukunaga". Retrieved February 4, 2023.
  28. ^ "Lux Machina Consulting on Instagram: "2022 was a big year for us. We continued to innovate and lead the industry in the areas of Live Events, Brand & Agency, Broadcast, Episodic & film. And we couldn't have done it without you! So what's next? Well, we're ready to keep building on that momentum into 2023 and beyond—and we can't wait to partner with you! #NEPVS #broadcast #film #tv #production #newyear"". Instagram. Retrieved February 4, 2023.

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