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The producing duo of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks has proven twice in the past that they know how to create powerful WWII miniseries. Both 2001's 'Band of Brothers' and 2010's 'Pacific Rim' were award-winning television events chronicling different facets of the second World War. This success may have something to do with the fact that Spielberg directed Hanks in 1998's Oscar-winning film 'Saving Private Ryan.' Well now it appears they have found the subject for their third HBO miniseries collaboration. The rights have just been acquired to Donald L. Miller's novel 'Masters Of The Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany.' The new miniseries, which has been in development for a while, would follow several men in "The Mighty Eighth" Air Force squadron, an especially tested group of bombers based in England. There is a possibility that other source material may be added into the mix.
I am incredibly excited for this. 'Band of Brothers' wasn't just good, it revolutionized the way miniseries are constructed and how people perceive them. 'The Pacific,' while not making quite the same impact as 'Band of Brothers,' was still a considerable accomplishment. This new project sounds like the perfect complement to the previous two. Of all the aspects of World War II worth exploring, and there are many, the one that probably interests me the most is the air combat. I haven't read Miller's book, but I can't wait to see what the writers and directors of this upcoming series are able to do with dogfights and bombing raids. It's interesting that, despite the rights for 'Masters of the Air' have been acquired, and apparently will be the primary basis of the new miniseries, that there will possibly be other source materials sought. It's not something that immediately seems standard, but given the nonfiction nature of the materials being adapted, I suppose it makes sense that multiple sources would be necessary, both for narrative completion and to cover as much of the spectrum of the bravery and sacrifice of these soldiers as possible.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in this new miniseries taking shape? Do you think focusing on "The Mighty Eighth" is the right choice for Spielberg and Hank's third foray into WWII miniseries?