The upcoming Band of Brothers sequel show will reportedly focus on an air support company called the Bomber Boys, who took part in the D-Day offense.
The upcoming Band of Brothers sequel show will reportedly focus on an air support company called the Bomber Boys, who took part in the D-Day offensive. The original mini-series, released on HBO in 2001, was co-created by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, who wanted to tell a more in-depth narrative of the European campaign after working on Saving Private Ryan, often considered the greatest war movie ever made. The 10-episode show adapted Stephen Ambrose’s book of the same name.
Band of Brothers told the real-life story of the men of Easy Company, who were involved in almost every major battle of the European campaign. The show starred Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Neal McDonough, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes, and Kirk Acevedo, among many others. The show is also famous for featuring several well-known stars, like Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy, and Simon Pegg, in early roles before they became famous. A sister series, The Pacific, was produced by Hanks and Spielberg in 2010, focusing on several battles in the Pacific arena. That show is notable for featuring Rami Malek in an early role.
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Now, some details have emerged about the upcoming Band of Brothers sequel show. GQ reports that the series will be produced by Spielberg and Hanks once again and will be released by Apple on their streaming service. The mini-series will be based on the book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald L. Miller. The book follows a crew called the Bomber Boys, who took part in D-Day and the European campaign. It also details life in German prison camps for the airmen who were shot down over Germany. The report also reveals that Band of Brothers writer John Orloff will pen the series, while No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga is set to direct three episodes.
There is no confirmation of an official name for the series, though it’s a good bet that Bomber Boys will be the eventual moniker. It’s no surprise that Hanks and Spielberg are returning to the source of arguably their greatest collaborations, and the addition of Fukunaga makes the prospect of the series even more exciting. The True Detective director has proven he knows how to tell a story over multiple episodes and doesn’t shy away from life’s darker realities.
There is no firm news on a broadcast date or cast, but the show is reportedly shooting early next year, which means that a cast should be announced soon. Hopefully, Hanks, Spielberg, and Fukunaga can do justice to the original Band of Brothers, which remains the definitive TV account of WWII. The chances of the talented trio messing things up, though, are slim to none, so audiences can look forward to another in-depth look at World War II as told through the eyes of those who experienced it.
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