A companion to the very popular and critically acclaimed Band Of Brothers and The Pacific, this Masters Of The Air adaptation has big expectations to live up to. But with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg production companies still attached, and some strong actors leading the way, there should still be a strong audience excited for this mini-series.
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This page was updated: 12/10/23
About The Book:
Fighting at 25,000 feet in thin, freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear. Unlike infantrymen, bomber boys slept on clean sheets, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the swing music of Glenn Miller’s Air Force band, which toured U.S. air bases in England. But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers. In 1943, an American bomber crewman stood only a one-in-five chance of surviving his tour of duty, twenty-five missions. The Eighth Air Force lost more men in the war than the U.S. Marine Corps.
The bomber crews were an elite group of warriors who were a microcosm of America — white America, anyway. (African-Americans could not serve in the Eighth Air Force except in a support capacity.) The actor Jimmy Stewart was a bomber boy, and so was the “King of Hollywood,” Clark Gable. And the air war was filmed by Oscar-winning director William Wyler and covered by reporters like Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite, all of whom flew combat missions with the men. The Anglo-American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II, a war within a war. Until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in the final months of the war, it was the only battle fought inside the German homeland.
Strategic bombing did not win the war, but the war could not have been won without it. American airpower destroyed the rail facilities and oil refineries that supplied the German war machine. The bombing campaign was a shared enterprise: the British flew under the cover of night while American bombers attacked by day, a technique that British commanders thought was suicidal.
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Current Production Status:
Post-Production, waiting for it’s January 26th, 2024 release date.
Masters Of The Air Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in 2006, but reports of an adaptations didn’t begin until 2012. In January 2013 HBO confirmed that they were working on a miniseries adaptation.
When HBO decided to move on from the project, Apple TV picked it up in October 2019 with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s production companies still attached.
After delays because of the COVID pandemic, filming began in February 2021 along with the first casting announcements. Production had to pause in July because of positive COVID tests.
In October 2023 the release date for January 2024 was announced and shortly followed by the release of the first teaser trailer.
Where Can I Watch The Series?
The miniseries will be available to stream on Apple TV+ once it is released.
Who Owns The Rights:
Apples Studios is leading production and distribution for the series. Amblin Television (Steven Spielberg) and Playtone (Tom Hanks) are also lead production companies.
Who Is Attached:
Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Barry Keoghan, Freddy Carter, Ncuti Gatwa, Anthony Boyle, and Nate Mann are all attached.
Filming for the series occurred in various locations around the United Kingdom including London, Oxfordshire, and Hertfordshire.
The miniseries is scheduled for release on January 26th, 2024 with weekly episode released until it’s finale on March 15th.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This Masters Of The Air adaptation is featured in the 2024 Books to Screen Adaptation Masterlist.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This is currently the only book from Donald L. Miller to be adapted.
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