Air Masters, the World War II drama produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, will premiere in January next year, Apple TV+ announced Thursday.
The first two episodes of the nine-episode limited series, starring Austin Butler and Barry Keoghan and based on Donald L. Miller’s novel of the same name, will premiere on Apple TV+ on January 26. New episodes will be released the following Fridays through March 15th.
Along with the release date, Apple TV+ also revealed a sneak peek of the highly anticipated series, which also stars Anthony Boyle, Callum Turner, Nate Mann, Rafferty Lowe, Josiah Cross, Brandon Cook and Nuti Gatwa.
What is “Master of the Air” about?
According to the streaming service, the series “follows members of the 100th Bomb Group (the “Bloody 100”) as they conduct dangerous bombing raids on Nazi Germany and deal with the frigid conditions, lack of oxygen and sheer terror of fighting battle in. 25,000 feet in the air. “
“Fighter” is the latest war drama adaptation from Spielberg and Hanks, who co-created the 2001 miniseries “Band of Brothers” and served as executive producers of the 2010 sequel “The Pacific.” Spielberg also directed Hanks’ “Private Rain” in 1998.
“‘Air Masters’ pays tribute to the brave warriors of the Eighth Air Force who through courage and brotherhood helped defeat Nazi Germany in World War II,” Goetzman said in a statement. “Tom and Shi Tivan always wanted to cinematically visualize what our author Don Miller calls ‘the bizarre events in the history of war.'”
Miller’s 2007 historical tome “Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys’ Air War Against Nazi Germany” draws on interviews, oral histories and archives in the United States, Britain and Germany, according to a description of the book on publisher Simon & Schuster’s website .
“Masters of the Air tells the story of life in wartime British and German POW camps, where tens of thousands of airmen spent their time at war,” the summary reads. “It ends with a vivid description of the horrific hunger march that captured airmen were forced to make across a country devastated by bombs near the end of the war.”
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