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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