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HBO Launches Masters Of The Air
From Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg

19 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan

He might not be heading towards the Robopocalypse as fast as we all thought, but Steven Spielberg is not a man to rest for long. Some of the time he spends not shooting rampaging robots will be taken up executive producing a third World War II miniseries with Tom Hanks for HBO. This time, the pair is planning Masters Of The Air.

Following on from Band Of Brothers and 2010’s The Pacific, it appears we won’t have to wait nine years for another Spielberg/Hanks war joint. This time out they’re interested in the enlisted men of the Eighth Air Force, known colloquially as the Mighty Eighth.

The pair has the rights to Donald L Miller’s book Masters Of The Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany, which follows the Mighty Eighth as they carried out bombing runs in France and Germany and engaged in air to air combat. The Eighth survives to this day as a key US fighting force.

It’s early days for the project: HBO is developing the idea along with Spielberg and Hanks, but it’ll be a while before we see it. Hopefully some of the regular collaborators on the last two miniseries –including Graham Yost, who now runs Justified – will sign on quickly now the props are beginning to spin.


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Wicked news!
I just finished watching the Pacific (3rd time) and I'm pleased to hear another series is moving forward. Would have preferred that it focus on the Vietnam War but hey i'm not gonna complain too much. More

Posted by ultimate definitions at 09:48 on 21 January 2013 | Report This Post

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poor choice of words. But it's an incredibly tired argument that I've seen crop up time and time again. More

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isn't 'change the record' a strange response to someone who has never uttered a word of complaint about the issue before?! More

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You've just answered your own question my friend. 'The quality was laughable'. British productions don't have the budget to pull off stuff like Spielberg/Hanks. More

Posted by darkarius at 20:38 on 20 January 2013 | Report This Post

change the record. I'm almost entirely certain that both Spielberg and Hanks know that the US didn't win the entire Second World War all by themselves, but as americans I am understanding of their decision to depict their home nation's involvement over all others. I think the issue is less 'why do american studios/directors/producers never focus only on American involvement in world war two?' and more 'why aren't BRITISH studios/directors/producers interested in presenting the British struggle More

Posted by Sentinel11 at 19:06 on 20 January 2013 | Report This Post

I wonder if we can convince Messrs Spielberg and Hanks to acknowledge in this series that the US in fact didn't win the entire Second World War all by themselves?! That gripe aside, I'll be awaiting this one with much anticipation More

Posted by davidrobbo at 18:58 on 20 January 2013 | Report This Post

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