Apple's 'Band of Brothers' Followup 'Masters of Air' to Star Austin Butler and Callum Turner

Momentum is picking up on "Masters of Air," a followup to "Band of Brothers," that's coming to Apple TV+, reports Deadline. "Masters of Air" is the first series that's coming from Apple's own internal production studio run by ‌Apple TV+‌ heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.

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Austin Butler and Callum Turner have been cast as the series stars. Austin Butler is currently filming "Elvis," a movie where he is playing the titular character. He's also been in multiple TV shows like "The Carrie Diaries" and "The Shannara Chronicles," plus he had a role in "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood." Callum Turner is a British actor who has starred in other TV miniseries like "War & Peace," and "The Capture," along with "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."

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"Masters of Air" is based on the novel "Masters of the Air" by Donald L. Miller. It follows the story of the American and British bomber boys in World War II. Butler will play Major Gale Cleven, while Turner will play Major John Egan.

John Orloff, who wrote "Band of Brothers," is writing "Masters of Air" for Apple, and Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are serving as executive producers on the series.

According to Deadline, Apple is making 10 episodes of "Masters of Air," with the show expected to cost upwards of $200 million to produce.

"Masters of Air" follows both "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific," which aired on HBO. Both were highly popular shows, with "Band of Brothers" winning seven Emmys and "The Pacific" winning eight Emmys.

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CIA Avatar
43 months ago
Band of Brothers was phenomenal. I re-watch it every few years and it still holds up. I was ok with, but wasn't as big a fan of The Pacific. Hopefully this new series is the same quality of BoB.
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macsplusmacs Avatar
43 months ago
Must watch for me personally, have loved all the series by this team.
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breather Avatar
43 months ago
I hope it’s as good as it’s predecessors.
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Moonjumper Avatar
43 months ago

Band of Brothers was phenomenal. I re-watch it every few years and it still holds up. I was ok with, but wasn't as big a fan of The Pacific. Hopefully this new series is the same quality of BoB.
I totally agree. I think the big difference was Band of Brothers followed many characters and there was a real threat that who the story was following would die (and it really hit hard whenever one did). The Pacific only really followed 3 characters (only 1 of which was interesting as portrayed), so there was little threat they would be killed, nor were there the same bonds between characters.

I hope this series is more like the Band of Brothers format.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aesc80 Avatar
43 months ago
Technically not a sequel. Sounds like another companion of BoB (as mentioned above, like The Pacific). Fingers crossed that it's as good as BoB and The Pacific.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gnipgnop Avatar
43 months ago
Can't claim to know how the scripts will be written, but the book is about more than just the bomber crews. WWII was the first time that the U.S. had conducted an air war and as a result had to learn things the hard way. For example, the reason the U.S. bombers had so many gun turrets was because the Pentagon initially believed that adding them would eliminate the need for fighter escort. It took catastrophic loss of life and planes for the Pentagon to change that view.
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