The Wright Brothers Miniseries to Take Flight With HBO and Playtone
In December 1903 two brothers changed history when they invented and built the world’s first successfully controlled and powered airplane that could sustain heavier than air human flight. The two brothers were inventors and aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. HBO have acquired the rights and teamed up with Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman to adapt David McCullough’s book The Wright Brothers for a miniseries.
This is not the first time McCullough’s work has been adapted by HBO who brought his books Truman and John Adams to life as a TV film and miniseries.
On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?
David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly human story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, who encouraged their studying.
As individuals they had differing skill sets and passions but as a team they excelled in any given task . That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no patron to open doors to their desires, never stopped them in their goal to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed, or, at the very least, maimed.