Hanks and Spielberg’s Pacific Mini-Series Lands its Three Leads

If you are not excited for “Pacific”, the new World War II mini-series from producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, than you just don’t appreciate good storytelling. Forget that this will be a 10-part mini-series (probably consisting of hour-long episodes if it follows the pattern set by the duo’s 2001 mini “Band of Brothers”) shown on HBO; Hanks and Spielberg just know this terrain (“Saving Private Ryan”, anyone?), and in my eyes they can’t possibly mess this up.

And now news is that the duo have found their three male stars, who will lead the ensemble cast as three Marines whose stories will span battles at Guadalcanal to their return home: James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello and Val Lauren.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

The 10-hour mini, a companion piece to Hanks and Spielberg’s Emmy-winning 2001 World War II saga “Band of Brothers,” tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines — Robert Leckie (Dale), John Basilone (Lauren) and Eugene Sledge (Mazzello) — across the vast canvas of the Pacific, from the first clash with the Japanese in the jungles of Guadalcanal to the triumphant return home after V-J Day.

The mini-series will be primarily based on the books “With the Old Breed” by Sledge and “Helmet for My Pillow” by Leckie, and will cost HBO a nice chunk of change: $200 million. But considering how much prestige and money “Band of Brothers” brings in for HBO even now, that doesn’t sound too expensive at all.

Look for “The Pacific” to set anchor on HBO sometime in 2008.

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  • Cpl. William H Cullen

    Hanks and Spielberg: Peleliu History says Japenese had no escape route from bloody nose ridge.I was guarding the escape route into ravine and swamp.Eight vollunteers. I Went through first scout/sniper school West coast”Green’s Farm” Many Marines lives were saved when we stopped them in deep ravine.Change Peleliu History Man-made tunnel took twenty minutes to go through entrance was S/W of hill 210. Robert V. Aquilina Assistant Head ,Reference Branch.Marine Corps History division has all details Tokio Rose every nite at 5:30 Played Bunny Bergans trumpet solo “Ican’t get started”and Lady Day.(Billie Holiday) Traveling Lite.
    We also had Charlie the choker on Pavuvu. At nite he would sneek in and choke someone,thought it was a jap that was left behind we heard on the way to Peleliu it was a Sgt.sleeping on the beach off his nut and a Lt.laying in bed blew him away with a thompson sub,PS I have those two 78rpm records you can have them, Ole Hometown buddy Wm H Cullen 3218 Fitzpatrick Dr. Concord,Ca 94520 will be 90yrs old in 7 yrs

  • Cpl. William H Cullen

    Hanks and Spielberg: Peleliu History says Japenese had no escape route from bloody nose ridge.I was guarding the escape route into ravine and swamp.Eight vollunteers. I Went through first scout/sniper school West coast”Green’s Farm” Many Marines lives were saved when we stopped them in deep ravine.Change Peleliu History Man-made tunnel took twenty minutes to go through entrance was S/W of hill 210. Robert V. Aquilina Assistant Head ,Reference Branch.Marine Corps History division has all details Tokio Rose every nite at 5:30 Played Bunny Bergans trumpet solo “Ican’t get started”and Lady Day.(Billie Holiday) Traveling Lite.
    We also had Charlie the choker on Pavuvu. At nite he would sneek in and choke someone,thought it was a jap that was left behind we heard on the way to Peleliu it was a Sgt.sleeping on the beach off his nut and a Lt.laying in bed blew him away with a thompson sub,PS I have those two 78rpm records you can have them, Ole Hometown buddy Wm H Cullen 3218 Fitzpatrick Dr. Concord,Ca 94520 will be 90yrs old in 7 yrs

  • Cpl. William H Cullen

    The escape tunnel was man-made and took twenty minutes to go through, with 275 Japanese officers on Peleliu in September 15th 1944,and the Japanese not wanting the Americans to have the family Heritage Samurai swords, I would believe that tunnel has a secret room or cache for a treasure the japanese would pay thousands of dollars for.““““““

  • Cpl. William H Cullen

    The escape tunnel was man-made and took twenty minutes to go through, with 275 Japanese officers on Peleliu in September 15th 1944,and the Japanese not wanting the Americans to have the family Heritage Samurai swords, I would believe that tunnel has a secret room or cache for a treasure the japanese would pay thousands of dollars for.““““““

  • Patrick ONeill

    This seems like a good show – its a shame the casting director(s) would do a bit more research before choosing some of the actors – Martin McCann does not appear to have been the best choice. http://martinmccann.blogspot.com/

  • Patrick ONeill

    This seems like a good show – its a shame the casting director(s) would do a bit more research before choosing some of the actors – Martin McCann does not appear to have been the best choice. http://martinmccann.blogspot.com/

  • Andrea

    I know Martin personally, and he’s a lovely guy. That seems a little fake to me.

  • Andrea

    I know Martin personally, and he’s a lovely guy. That seems a little fake to me.

  • Heather (Cullen) Moorhead

    I fell upon this website searching my grandfathers name and thought I should let you know that he, William Cullen, passed away this past Veterans Day 2009. He was an incredible man and a hero to anyone who knew him. His stories of Peleliu will remain in our minds and hearts forever. Looking forward to your movie, we will all go see it in honor of Papa!

  • Heather (Cullen) Moorhead

    I fell upon this website searching my grandfathers name and thought I should let you know that he, William Cullen, passed away this past Veterans Day 2009. He was an incredible man and a hero to anyone who knew him. His stories of Peleliu will remain in our minds and hearts forever. Looking forward to your movie, we will all go see it in honor of Papa!