“Masters of the Air,” the third installment of the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks-led trilogy that includes “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific,” has officially begun filming, according to an Instagram post from director Cary Fukunaga.
The development of the miniseries, which includes production costs that could exceed $200 million, was originally confirmed by HBO in January 2013, but delays and budget considerations led to the project being dropped, according to a statement from the network. Announced as an Apple TV+ production over 18 months ago, the filming was once again delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Based primarily on Donald L. Miller’s nonfiction novel, the story deals with the aerial wars in WWII through the eyes of men of the Eighth Air Force, also known as the Mighty Eighth, who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep.
Three years — from 1942 to 1945 — of death-defying bombing runs by the Eighth’s Flying Fortresses over cities like Berlin, Dresden and Hanover were, for much of the war, the only battles Allied forces waged inside the territorial borders of Nazi Germany.
Accordingly to Wikipedia, in February 2021, it was reported that production in Britain had begun, at Dalton Barracks in Oxfordshire, England. It has also been noted that Planning Permission has not yet been granted to the production, and is still awaiting a final decision. Retrospective temporary 12 month planning permission has also been applied for at Newland Park, Chalfont St Peter, following the construction of a WWII barracks on the site.
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According to MailOnline, the set, which consists of Nissen huts and buildings, as well as numerous US Army vehicles, is believed to have cost an eye-watering £5 million, with filming expected to continue into 2022.
As Military.com reported, capturing or creating realistic air combat is perhaps the greatest challenge in war movies, harder than naval battles and infinitely more difficult than tank action. “Masters of the Air” represents a huge swing for the producers, so fingers crossed that this one connects.