‘Masters of the Air’: Austin Butler and Callum Turner to star in ‘Band Of Brothers’ sequel for Apple TV+

The latest event series in the Band of Brothers saga, Masters of the Air is gaining some series momentum at Apple Studios as Elvis star Austin Butler and Callum Turner have been tapped to star in the new Apple TV+ miniseries. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone will produce.

Apple TV+ is home to the biggest directors and top stars
Apple TV+ is home to the biggest directors and top stars

Justin Kroll for Deadline:

Based on the compelling book by Donald L. Miller, Masters of the Air follows the true, deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. The series is written by Band of Brothers alumnus John Orloff and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Graham Yost, who are also co-executive producing.

Produced by Apple Studios, Steven Spielberg will executive produce through Amblin Television, alongside executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone. Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and Playtone’s Steven Shareshian serve as co-executive producers. Alex Maggioni will oversee the day-to-day development of the project for Amblin, alongside Spielberg, Frank and Falvey.

Butler will star as Major Gale Cleven, and Turner will star as Major John Egan.

Masters of the Air is a follow-up to the producers’ Emmy-winning World War II HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010), which they made for HBO.

MacDailyNews Take: This $200+ million “Masters of the Air” series will be an awards magnet for Apple TV+.

Those who can wrap their heads around Apple’s massive cash mountain and the company’s unparalleled ability to generate cash can clearly see who the winner will be. The most talented producers, writers, directors, editors, actors, etc. are attracted to exactly what Apple has and makes in vast abundance: Cash. The king.

Like bears to honey, it’s happening already.MacDailyNews, January 3, 2018

Apple has the money required to catch up and even surpass all competitors very quickly and they can accomplish it without buying a studio or even production companies.MacDailyNews, April 3, 2018


  1. Where are all the usual poster to claim that all TV+ programming is leftist? Please note: this is a series about the United States Army Air Corps, not the Soviet Air Force. It is about Patriots back before the attempted misappropriation of the term by folks who reject traditional American values for an ethnocentric authoritarianism much closer to the values held by the USAAC’s opponents.

    1. My God you’ve turned into such an ignorant and arrogant fucktard it’s just about impossible to read anything you write.

      Drain that piss out of your Post Toasties and add some Four Roses.
      Better yet, arsenic…

    2. Where are we? It would be irresponsible to comment on the patriotic series, since we have yet to view it (perhaps you were invited to an early screening?). We are withholding our judgment until we see how Apple screws it up and dumbs it down with woke, PC, leftist, BLM, socialist, be less white, Marxist, inclusive (unless you are white), fascist, LGBQTXYZ123+ ideology. So, until then, you’ll have to wait just like everyone else to read our usual “claims.”

      1. My question is about why it is “irresponsible to comment on [this] series, since we have yet to view it,” when every other series that Apple TV+ announces is lambasted by multiple posters who haven’t viewed them? The answer, obviously, is that attacking a series about The Greatest Generation as leftist would appear even more ridiculous than the usual radical-right commentary here.

        1. How do you know they haven’t seen them? I’ve seen them. I’ve commented on them.

          As for “attacking a series about The Greatest Generation”… how about we all withhold judgement until we see what, if any, “artistic liberties” Apple takes?

  2. Apple is smart. Big-budget original content (like this one) at the high end. BUT Apple also links in existing external services (Paramount, Showtime, Starz, CuriosityStream, etc.) and invites customers to make them a part of their tv experience. There’s a long row of possible “channels” on the tv app screen (one is tv+); it’ll get even longer over time.

    Yes, users can install a separate app for each service and get a separate bill. Or, they can integrate that external content into tv app (appearing alongside Apple’s original stuff) so everything is in one place, often with lower fees bundled into Apple’s billing. And Apple no doubt takes a cut of fees collected for external content providers.

    What does this sound like? Who else conglomerates external content and presents them as channels? Old dinosaur cable TV monopolies. Apple just does it much better, at lower cost. It just looks like an expanded tv service to user. Over time, this part of tv will quietly become more important to Apple’s bottom line compared to the original content, which brings prestige at high cost.

  3. Gawd, no. Leave it to Apple to sick any last American herorics out of history. This will no boubt be filled with LGBTQ propoganda and all that BS. At least I have the courage to speak my mind. Go ahead punk, cancel me. I’ll be her tomorrow.

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