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article imageTom Hanks, Steven Spielberg working on miniseries The Pacific

By Miroslav Kucera     Jan 20, 2010 in Entertainment
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are reuniting to produce another World War 2 television mini-series. After the successful Band of Brothers they are shifting their focus to US Marine Corps operation in Pacific during World War 2.
The Pacific series will consists of ten episodes and is co-produced by Gary Goethman who has already worked with Hanks and Spielberg on Band of Brothers. The story is based on memoirs of U.S. Marines Eugene Sledge, Robert Leckie and John Basilone who served in 1st Marine Division, the oldest active duty division of Marine Corps.
The series will take the audience through the major battles of Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, Okinawa and Iwo Jima.
Tom Hanks, award-winning actor, producer and director, and Steven Spielberg, award-winning director and producer, decided to go for another war epic story after positive feedback on Band of Brothers series from critics and public but mainly due to mails they received from veterans asking if producers can show also their memories from Solomons, Taraw or Midway.
After the huge success of Band of Brothers it looked like there are no limits. Hanks commented the preparation phase:
HBO also said: we are more successful. We make more money than all the commercial networks combined. We've got $250 million to blow. Do you want to do anything with it?
So we took it and we ran. We ran off to Australia and put some bullets in the gun and made the film.
Hanks and Spielberg discussed the plot for the first time during making the movie The Terminal in 2004. The series was made in 10-month period in Australia's Far North Queensland and Victoria from August 2007 till June 2008.
After six years of preparation and production the mini-series will debut on Sunday, March 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The next episodes will follow each Sunday at same time till May 16.
Spielberg chose a different look for The Pacific than what could be seen in Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers:
There's a strong desaturated look to 'Band of Brothers. Here they're fighting in blue skies - hot, dry, humid. So there are more vivid colors in 'Pacific' because that's the way it was.
Tom Hanks added that the series shows the terror, deprivation and the true human cost of war: You see the best of human kind in war and you see the worst of human kind in war.
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