No one on this planet can make one argument against Steven Spielberg‘s Saving Private Ryan being the greatest World War II movie of all time. You may like others more than it, but there is just simply no other title that is better than it or more graphically realistic and accurate as it is. Very few movies can affect a human being as that movie has, especially for those who lived that hell in their youths. After Ryan, as we all know, Spielberg and Tom Hanks followed the movie up with one of those most respected and acclaimed mini-series of all time in the HBO special Band of Brothers, which returned them to the war fronts.
Now the duo is revving up for their long-awaited new WWII mini-series entitled The Pacific, which will also air on HBO. It will obviously have a very similar tone to the stories of Band of Brothers, but the two are not related at all, and are both based on separate real-life accounts. A couple of videos have been released so far that you can check out at HBO, but below is a brand new video that takes us behind-the-scenes for some information on the show, complete with words from Hanks and Spielberg themselves.
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The Pacific is mainly based on two memoirs of Marines in the war, who were fighting the Japanese in the Pacific Theater of Operations — the first points in the Pacific ocean where the U.S. mounted an offensive attack on the Axis in 1942. The series will use the same 10-part format that Band used, and it totes an unbelievable $150 Million price tag. Band of Brothers cost $125 Million to make, and that was the most expensive TV show per episode of any other in the history of shows, so prepare Pacific to take that crown. Luckily for us, this means that once again, we will get only the most realistic and high-quality production we could ask for as fans of the war genre.
The Pacific is expected to begin in March of 2010.