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HBO Launches "Masters Of The Air" From Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg
ever hear of either of these guys?

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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That should be awesome. I guess we will find out in a couple years.
 

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Band of Brothers was epic. The Pacific? Not so much. Hopefully they don't continue to jump the shark.
 

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Hanks and Spielberg ? Yeah, I've heard of them both I think.
Spielberg's that hack of an actor that was in Blues Brothers....right? :scratch: :dunno:
 

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Band of Brothers was awesome and powerful. Shed a tear or two watching that.

I own the Pacific but have yet to watch it.
 

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The Pacific was alright but it was literally all over the place. Towards the end of the series they'd go back to characters you hadn't seen since literally the first episode and you'd have no idea who they even were anymore lol
 

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BoB is pretty much timeless. I've seen every episode at least a dozen times and I can still sit down and watch a marathon if it were on.

The Pacific wasn't quite as powerful but still a good show. I enjoyed it.

I'm definitely glad they're doing another.
We watched BoB at my last in between flights, I went out that day after work and picked it up on bluray. The Pacific was good, I enjoyed it quite a bit but BoB was better IMO.
 

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The problem I had with The Pacific is that it focused too much on a few characters while Band of Brothers was on the group. Winters of course got more attention than others, but for the most part, each episode focused on a different character. The Pacific, the one dude was awesome but then he died. The other guy who got most of the attention was a bit of an asshole and I think a failure to relate killed it. The third guy came in kind of late and just wasn't enough to save the show.
 

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The problem I had with The Pacific is that it focused too much on a few characters while Band of Brothers was on the group. Winters of course got more attention than others, but for the most part, each episode focused on a different character. The Pacific, the one dude was awesome but then he died. The other guy who got most of the attention was a bit of an asshole and I think a failure to relate killed it. The third guy came in kind of late and just wasn't enough to save the show.
You realize that those were real people, right?

It was based off memoirs written by two of the leading characters, which is why it seemed to have focused more on a few key people instead of the entire group.

With that said, I enjoyed The Pacific and try not to compare it to Band of Brothers.
 

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The problem I had with The Pacific is that it focused too much on a few characters while Band of Brothers was on the group. Winters of course got more attention than others, but for the most part, each episode focused on a different character. The Pacific, the one dude was awesome but then he died. The other guy who got most of the attention was a bit of an asshole and I think a failure to relate killed it. The third guy came in kind of late and just wasn't enough to save the show.
They were two entirely different series, and shouldn't be compared. Much easier to tell the story of a nine month engagement with a small group, than to try and tell the story of the multi-year engagement in the pacific.
 

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Band of Brothers was epic. The Pacific? Not so much. Hopefully they don't continue to jump the shark.
I liked the Pacific a lot, but yeah. Band of Brothers was just so much better. Hopefully this skews more towards BoB.
 

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They were two entirely different series, and shouldn't be compared. Much easier to tell the story of a nine month engagement with a small group, than to try and tell the story of the multi-year engagement in the pacific.
Part of the problem is I feel that they bit off more than they could chew in the Pacific. If they had split it up over two seasons? That would've been perfect, probably.
 

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They were two entirely different series, and shouldn't be compared. Much easier to tell the story of a nine month engagement with a small group, than to try and tell the story of the multi-year engagement in the pacific.
Not only did the story span from the beginning to the end of the war in the Pacific theatre, it concentrated on three main characters who never really interacted with each other. They hardly even occupied the same location.
 

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I'm sure it won't match the epicness of Baa Baa Black Sheep.
 

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So yeah. This just quietly didn't happen and oddly enough I was thinking about it a few days ago and then I saw this last night.


Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone have made a deal with Apple for an event limited series based on the Donald L. Miller book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. It is a follow-up to their Emmy-winning World War II HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
I wonder why this fell through with HBO.
 

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Probably because all of HBO's budget was dedicated to Game of Thrones.
 

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Yeah, GOT likely killed it. That's right around when GOT really took off.

Glad they are actually producing this now. I remember hearing that the U.S. Bomber Corp initially (before they realized they needed proper fighter escort) was the 3rd most dangerous occupation to be in as far as casualties go in the entire war. Only serving on U-boats and being in Kamikaze Corp had a higher casualty rate.
 
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