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​Steven Spielberg And Tom Hanks Teaming Up For Band Of Brothers Follow-Up

​Steven Spielberg And Tom Hanks Teaming Up For Band Of Brothers Follow-Up

They will follow up Band of Brothers and The Pacific with a new World War II-set limited drama

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are reuniting for a follow-up to iconic war series Band of Brothers and The Pacific, Apple has confirmed.

The new project will be called Masters of the Air, and will see the dynamic duo team up once again as executive producers.

Apple is set to produce the show as its first in-house series, having green-lit the venture as a new 'international limited drama series'.

Masters of the Air will be based on the book of the same name by Donald L. Miller, and is being written by Band of Brothers' John Orloff, who also serves as co-executive producer.

Still from Band of Brothers.

The plot follows the true story of the American 'bomber boys' in World War II who helped bring Hitler's Nazi Germany to its knees.

The show - which will stream Apple TV+ following the launch of Apple's new in-house studio - will see Spielberg executive producing via his Amblin Television banner.

A statement from Apple said: "Apple today announced that it has partnered with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, and Tom Hanks & Gary Goetzman's Playtone on Masters of the Air, a new international limited drama series that marks the first series greenlit with Apple serving as the studio."

The statement continued: "Masters of the Air will stream exclusively on Apple TV+, a new home for the world's most creative storytellers, and is the second project for Apple to hail from Spielberg's Amblin Television in addition to Amazing Stories.

"The series will join Apple's growing offering of sweeping international drama series, including Pachinko and Shantaram."

No doubt the news will be huge for any fans of the Band of Brothers HBO miniseries, which ran for 10 episodes between September and November 2001 and went on to win Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

Of course, Spielberg and Hanks' partnership goes back even further, as they also took on the war genre with with 1998's epic film Saving Private Ryan - which even won Spielberg a Best Director Oscar.

Matt Damon in Saving Private Ryan.

In his acceptance speech, Spielberg mentioned his work with Hanks, saying: "Let me just turn my eyes to Mr Hanks, who, from the very beginning said to me, 'This is gonna be something extraordinary'.

"We weren't really talking about the film, we were talking about the experience of making Saving Private Ryan.

"And he was right, it is one of the most extraordinary events of all of our lives, and the lives of all of our families - we were all in it together."

He also paid tribute to the families who lost sons in World War II, saying: "We tried to tell the story of one such family, and it turned out there were many such families, unfortunately."

Finally, thanking his father, Spielberg added: "Thank you for showing me that there is honour in looking back and respecting the past. I love you very much, this is for you."

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film