Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks’ Third World War II Miniseries Secures Source Material

HBO‘s long-in-the-works World War II miniseries project from Band Of Brothers and The Pacific producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, has acquired the rights to Donald L. Miller’s book Masters Of The Air: America‚Äôs Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany, which may be joined by other source material. The project has been in development for months and was announced by HBO programming president Michael Lombardo last October at an event in France. The Band Of Brothers and Pacific follow-up portrays a cross section of officers and enlisted men who served in the Eighth Air Force and fought in the air war against Germany. Based in England, the men of the “Mighty Eighth” faced unprecedented physical, psychological and moral challenges. Hanks, Spielberg and Gary Goetzman executive produce for Playtone and Amblin Television.

Comments (38)

  • Who will play Sarah Palin in this little “Play Tone” jem?

    Comment by Alex — Friday January 18, 2013 @ 4:21pm PST  
  • So glad my boy Gary Goetzman will get some more work. God knows he needs the money desperately!!!

    Comment by Jonathan Demme — Friday January 18, 2013 @ 5:22pm PST  
  • Classic!

    Comment by Jj — Friday January 18, 2013 @ 6:17pm PST  
  • To those who commented on The Greatest Generation. Everyone that has served, and their families have made the same sacrifices in any armed conflict. What it appears that you don’t get is the magnitude of WWII. Between the 2 war zones it is estimated between non combat war related deaths and combat deaths there were 50 to 70 million. That would be about 2.5% of the worlds population at the time. 16.1 million Americans served during WWII, based on the 1940 census that would be about 75% of men between 16-34 years old. On average about 220 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines died per day for a 3,5 year time period. Not to mention the industrial production that was done with such a large number of men out of the work force. By 1943 one needed government issued ration coupons to purchase typewriters, coffee, sugar, gasoline, bicycles, clothing, fuel oil, silk, nylon, stoves, shoes, meat, cheese, butter, lard, margarine, canned foods, dried fruits, jam, and many other items. After the for the most part after the war everyone tried to return to life as it was. Not talking about what they had done, not asking for recognition, and not whining about it. This all by about 133.5 million Americans.

    Comment by babyboomer — Saturday January 19, 2013 @ 6:03am PST  
  • Ditto Baby Boomer. I hope they have better writters and more informed writers than the Hollywood liberals that wrote the last Tuskegee airmen and Pearl Harbor movies. I’ve had friends serve in combat in the 91 Gulf war and since after 2002, and the news media totally neglects the current military’s struggle to fight with half what it had 4 yrs ago, but WW2 was a totally different level of war and national attitude. No PC crap back then, no concern about offending anyone, and no concern about killing too many of the enemy; war was an unforgiving reality where our very doom was hovering overhead. The struggle involved so much effort – We built 12,700 of the above B-17s, 18000 larger B-24s, 4000 B-29s, 14000 P-51 fighters, 15000 P-47s, 9000 P-30s, 5000 Navy Hellcats, 60,000 M-4 Tanks, etc. Now the USAF can only has remaining 60 B-52Hs, 65 B-1Bs, 20 B-2s, only got money for 187 F-22s, and its most needed/used aircraft in the current world conflict-the A-10, is being stupidly cut from 340 to less then 240, and on and on. Only the Civil War demanded more sacrifice from the population, and only it affected the nation more. Band of Bros,saveing P.Ryan, and the Pacific were very well done in comparison, but the best war movies were still “Battle of Britain, Tora Tora Tora, and Patton”. The writers were more concerned with accuracy and telling the tale than satisfying romance hungry bored housewives and moronic high schoolers.

    Comment by Carl Gulde — Saturday January 19, 2013 @ 11:07am PST  
  • Shame on you RLS, I respect your service to this country, but your comments make you sound like some sort of spoiled brat.ALL of those who have served, to give us what we have, should be honored.Something to think about is that there were more Americans killed in the air over Europe in WWII than Marines killed in the Pacific. That alone should humble you……

    Comment by STH — Sunday January 20, 2013 @ 4:05am PST  
  • Just so long as we can keep pretending no person of color participated in any combat or civilian support operations during the entire course of the war. Square jawed Brits portraying Real Midwestern American Heroes only, please.

    Comment by ThunkDubious — Monday January 21, 2013 @ 1:53pm PST  
  • Where’s the love for the Mediterranean campaign? (North Africa & Sicily) This year marks the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Sicily. would like to see more about the men that fought in the pivotal battles.(the Battle of Kasserine Pass, Rommel vs. Patton, Montgomery etc.)

    Comment by George — Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 3:57pm PST  
  • How can you say BoB romanticised the war? Bastogne is one of the best hour long episodes of anything ever, it shows the horror and suffering that those guys felt during that period.

    Being british the pacific didnt connect as well with me. But it was still a well made piece.

    Comment by Adie — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:40pm PST  
  • My grandfather was a WWII pilot who fought over Germany but he has always been (understandably) hesitant to tell me what happened. I am very interested to see how this will pan out, and hopefully it is a success.

    Comment by Michael — Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 1:59pm PST  

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