Thursday, January 7, 2010

'The Pacific' Premieres March 14 on HBO Canada

Since last year, we've known that HBO was preparing a "sequel" of Band of Brothers with Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman as executive producers. Now, the wait is almost over. This means that The Pacific, a miniseries produced with a total budget of $150 million, will premiere on HBO (in the USA and Canada) on March 14, 2010.

This epic ten-hour miniseries tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) – across the vast canvas of the Pacific during the Second World War (1939-1945). The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.

Finally, the miniseries is based on the memoirs With the Old Breed, from Eugene Sledge, and Helmet for My Pillow, from Robert Leckie.

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