By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Some of my favorite television comes out of HBO. The amount of quality work they produce is just staggering and the bar for miniseries, in my humble opinion, has always been Band of Brothers… and they’re making a third World War II miniseries.
After tackling Europe on the ground in Band of Brothers and the pacific in, well, The Pacific, HBO has announced that Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Steven Spielberg will be taking to the skies. As with the previous two miniseries the yet-as-untitled third miniseries will be based on a non-fiction book as it’s source material, Donald L. Miller’s Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany.
The book follows the 8th Air Force, known as the “Mighty Eight” as they battled the Germans and the elements. At the time, strategic bombing was a brand new kind of warfare and while the US was keen on hitting industrial targets, the British were more likely to conduct bombings over civilian targets. The book is described as the following:
Masters of the Air is the deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, Donald Miller takes readers on a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden and describes the terrible cost of bombing for the German people.
What Might We See
Members of the Mighty Eight included legendary pilots such as Robert Morgan who flew the infamous Memphis Belle and Paul Tibbets who would go on to fly the Enola Gay and drop the first atomic bomb. Even Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart were part of the 8th Air Force while Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite were war correspondents during that time.
So we’ll definitely get some name dropping at least.
The book also covers stories of captured airmen including the prison break at Stalag Luft III which has already been fictionalized in a small movie you may have heard called The Great Escape. Chuck Yeager was also shot down over German occupied France and escaped with the help of the French resistance.
Band of Brothers and The Pacific are some of the highest rated programs on HBO and did amazingly well during awards season winning 14 Emmys between them. We can expect that same quality from this new series and, quite frankly, I can’t wait to see it!
Hat tip: The Hollywood Reporter