Tom Hanks’ Playtone Banner Developing ‘Wright Brothers’ Miniseries at HBO

By April 15, 2015

After bringing the iconic miniseries’ “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific” to HBO, Tom Hanks and his Playtone production banner are heading back to the cable network with a new project.

Deadline reports HBO is teaming with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman at Playtone to develop a major miniseries based on “The Wright Brothers,” a new book coming in May from Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough.

McCullough has a successful history with HBO and Playtone since his material was also turned into the “John Adams” miniseries starring Paul Giamatti. The network also previous turned the author’s book “Truman” into a TV movie which featured Gary Sinise as the historical president.

The Wright Brothers

As you’ve probably guessed, McCullough’s new book focuses on the exploits of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the brothers who ran their own bicycle repair shop in Ohio in order to fund their true passion: trying to invent a flying machine. It was at the turn of the 20th century, in 1903, when the Wright Brothers successfully launched the first heavier-than-air powered machine that actually carried a pilot through the sky.

The invention would be the first step towards a future that would see many technological leaps and bounds that would take humanity into the skies, the dawn of a new age for society and civilization that would take us further than we ever imagined.

Playtone and HBO also previously teamed on the “From the Earth to the Moon” miniseries, another project that focused on the innovation of humanity in their efforts to get to the moon. The project is in the early stages of coming together, but it’s bound to be buzzed about for some Emmys when the time comes. We’ll keep our ear to the ground for more details.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Thomas Kelly

    really good idea for a series, would love to watch about the life of the Wright Brothers