Trailer for Hanks and Spielberg’s HBO Mini-Series The Pacific

How long have I been waiting to see Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg return to the land of World War II mini-series aka “The Pacific”? Forever, it seems. The duo already gave us the genre-defining “Band of Brothers”, set entirely in the European theater of WWII, and now they’ve moved their focus over to the pacific and the battle against the Japanese. Take a look at the trailer shown over the weekend below. One word: EPIC. The visuals in this thing are out of this world, and if it can reach just half the heights of “Band of Brothers” — a tall order, indeed — it’ll have accomplished its mission.

A 10-part mini-series from the creators of “Band of Brothers” telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.

Directors for the 10-parter include Carl Franklin, David Nutter, Timothy Van Patten, and Jeremy Podeswa. The mini-series will star Isabel Lucas, Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello, William Sadler, Jon Bernthal, Jacob Pitts, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes, Matt Craven, and Cariba Heine, among many, many more.

My guess is, as with “Band of Brothers”, a lot of the actors will be new, and the characters will drift in and out of the various episodes, but as the show nears its conclusion, you’ll know all you need to know about most, if not all of the main characters. Certainly, Hanks and Spielberg have a lot to live up to after “Band of Brothers”, but with a mega budget and HBO being able to go the whole nine yards on this thing without fear of censors, we’re looking at potentially another great classic. Potentially.

The mini-series is scheduled to air on HBO in 2010.