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HBO Has Chosen Their Follow-Up to Band of Brothers and The Pacific, And It Is…


Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. Or at least that’s the name of the book (or one of the books) upon which HBO’s third World War II miniseries will be based.

The network has confirmed that the series is a go, and producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have acquired the rights to Donald L. Miller‘s book, which follows WWII’s Eighth Air Force, also called the Mighty Eighth.

Writes Deadline, “Based in England, the men of the ‘Mighty Eighth’ faced unprecedented physical, psychological and moral challenges.” The official synopsis of the book gives us a more detailed look at what the miniseries will likely involve:

Fighting at 25,000 feet in thin, freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear. Unlike infantrymen, bomber boys slept on clean sheets, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the swing music of Glenn Miller’s Air Force band, which toured U.S. air bases in England. But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers. In 1943, an American bomber crewman stood only a one-in-five chance of surviving his tour of duty, twenty-five missions. The Eighth Air Force lost more men in the war than the U.S. Marine Corps.

HBO’s been trying to get this going for months, and now that the source material has been optioned they can finally start moving forward with making it. Guess we know what we’ll see walking away with all the miniseries Emmys in a few years time, huh?

(via: Deadline)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alberto-Cox-Délano/100001109493441 Alberto Cox Délano

    So, how many years will we have to wait until we get a 200 million dollar miniseries of the Eastern Front?

  • http://twitter.com/annathecrow Ta Vrána

    Sigh… yes, let’s do another series focused on White American Men.

    Instead of, for example, the Soviet 588th Night Bomber Regiment, also called “Night Witches”, an all-female night airbombing regiment that faced as much or more danger on their second-hand crop-dusting biplanes that were SO SLOW they were actually HARDER TO HIT.

    I get it, the book’s probably good, it’s set in Great Britain, American boys being heroic and wooing English girls, yadda yaddda yadda. Still, it makes me, something of an aviation geek, really bitter.

  • http://twitter.com/superspecs Mia

    Thank you for saying almost exactly what I was going to say. I recently finished Code Name Verity (amazing book) and it made me realize that it wasn’t WWII that I found boring in high school. It was the White American Male POV of WWII and every other modern era we studied that was boring.

  • Anonymous

    THERE ARE PLENTY OF MOVIES OF THE EASTERN FRONT JUST LEARN RUSSIAN

  • Guest

    I hope they give equal treatment to the B24 Liberator and not slant it to only highlight the B17 Flying Fortress.

    As for a documetary on the Soviet bombers (or any Soviet actions in WWII), that’s up to the Russians, not the US. I’ve seen a lot of US or UK stuff on Stalingrad or the great tank battle at Kursk so don’t whine about not giving the Soviets credit.

  • art

    I hope they give equal treatment to the B24 Liberator and not slant it to only highlight the B17 Flying Fortress.

    As for a documetary on the Soviet bombers (or any Soviet actions in WWII), that’s up to the Russians, not the US. I’ve seen a lot of US or UK stuff on Stalingrad or the great tank battle at Kursk so don’t whine about not giving the Soviets credit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LoranBradleyMorash Loran Bradley Morash

    Not Being rude or sexist but why on earth would HBO want to make a mini series to follow up Band of Brothers and the Pacific from a Russian females point of view or let alone a Russians point of view period. They are a U.S cable TV station they are not going to show how the Russians took the eastern front they will leave that to the Russians too blow there owe horn if they so want recognition in the form of a mini series.This is just my opinion but i don’t think Americans would be that interested in watching how Russia lost almost 9,750,000 soldiers, because stallion would not let them retreat and if they did well guess what your own guys kill you wow talk about murder. Yeah great story line for a mini series that would be. Plus a movies was made from the view of the Russians called Enemy at the Gates which i give you was a great movie, but that is probably all Americans will want to see. Now me on the other hand yeah i think it would be great to see a mini series from the point of view of the Russians. But i am also not american so i do not have the same hate for Russia like Americans do. Please don’t starting yelling and typing frantically to tell me off because i gave a opinion for why HBO would not make a mini series form the view of Russia.

  • Anonymous

    First, have you heard of Red Tails? Tuskegee Airmen? There are plenty of movies on non-White American Men.

    And to restate what’s been said below, there are plenty of Russian movies that cover Russians. Go watch them on the Internet.

  • Anonymous

    There are 2 very good Russian movies about the war on netflix, the one about a fortress who lasted 9 days while besieged and outstarved. Really a brilliant Russian point of view movie.

  • mike d

    You are a fool