Apple launches in-house studio with Band of Brothers follow-up

The tech giant has launched its own in-house production studio and is kicking it off with a series helmed by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, Variety reported on Friday.

The critically acclaimed "Band of Brothers" miniseries aired on HBO back in 2001, and featured "Homeland" and "Billions" star Damian Lewis in one of the lead roles.

The show in question is "Masters of the Air", a follow-up to the "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" series executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

"Masters of the Air" is based on the book of the same name by Donald L. Miller, which chronicles the history of the American Eighth Air Force in World War II. The outlet's sources report that the premium cable network chose to pass on the project due to the hefty $250 million budget that was attached to it and that the majority of their financial success came from home media sales, now a struggling market thanks to streaming.

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Spielberg is exec producing via his Amblin Television banner, alongside Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone.

This new series was originally developed for HBO where it was "envisioned as the final chapter in a trilogy, following Band of Brothers and The Pacific", two series that "garnered a total of 43 Emmy nominations and 14 Emmy wins including Outstanding Limited Series" between them.

This is the second big acquisition for Apple this week, as it also announced that it will be the exclusive TV home of Oscar-winning Roma and Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón.

A release date for Masters of Air is still to be determined. He is also producing a series called Amazing Stories.

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