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The Pacific is a World War II television drama miniseries, produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia and DreamWorksmarker, which is currently in production. It is similar, although unrelated, to Band of Brothers. Whereas Band of Brothers focused on Army's involvement in the European Theater of Operations, the new series will be about the Marine Corps's actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

The Pacific is being spearheaded by Bruce McKenna (co-executive producer), who was one of the main writers on Band of Brothers. Hugh Ambrose, the son of Band of Brothers author Stephen Ambrose, will serve as a project consultant.

Production

The Pacific is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO Films, Playtone, Dreamworksmarker, and Seven Network. Seven invested in the project for the right to broadcast it in Australia. Nine Network has previously broadcast the HBO productions of The Sopranos and Band of Brothers. Nine had a broadcast deal with HBO's parent Warner Bros., but then HBO started to distribute its own productions separately.

Dale Dye (USMC, Ret.) and his company, Warriors,Inc. were the Military Techical Advisors. (31)

In April 2007 the producers set up a production office in Melbournemarker and began casting.

Filming of the series in Australia, started August 10, 2007, and finished in late May 2008.

As of April 2009 the score is being finalized and the series is estimated to premiere in March 2010.

Budget

Originally the project was estimated at US$100 million (AUD$120 million) dollars to produce.

The series has a budget of more than US$150 million (AUD$200 million), with an estimated AUD$134 million of that spent in Australia, and is thought to be the most expensive series ever made in Australia. Herald Sun estimates that it brought 4000 jobs and generated AUD$180 million for the Australian economy.

Filming locations

Filming locations included:



Storyline

The Pacific is based primarily on two memoirs of U.S. Marines: With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie. The series will tell the stories of the two authors and Marine John Basilone, as the war against the Empire of Japanmarker rages.

Given the literary sources mentioned above, the series will feature well-known battles involving the 1st Marine Division, such as Guadalcanalmarker, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, as well as Basilone's involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jimamarker.

Cast

The following credits have been taken from the IMDb.



Broadcast

  • Australia:
    • The program was set to air on Channel Seven in 2009. But the Herald Sun reported that the U.S. debut on HBO will come first in 2010, then it will be broadcast in Australia.




  • United States:
    • According to Tom Hanks, HBO is aiming to show the series in March 2010.


  • France
    • Canal + in 2010


  • Finland
    • YLE in the Fall of 2010.


  • Latin America
    • HBO Latin America is already promoting the series. The series will air between March-April 2010.
  • Jamaica
    • Television Jamaica will air on the The Pacific miniseries in June 2010.


Trailers

Australia

Channel Seven, as a part of the channel's annual New Year TV preview highlighting the upcoming shows that it would be broadcasting the same corresponding year, released a trailer early this year at 12.06 a.m, January 1, 2009. This trailer was unapproved by HBO, and after it was released temporarily on the Internet, it was promptly removed by HBO and Channel Seven due to copyright infringement.

The brief 1 minute 16 second trailer shows the landing of the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division on the island of Peleliu on September 15, 1944. It starts off with a platoon of Marines on an amtrac waiting for the ramp on their LST to drop to allow their embarkation towards the beach to commence. The trailer then jumpcuts and shows the Marines in LVT-1s and DUKWs approaching Orange Beach as they take incoming fire from Japanese artillery and machine guns from Peleliu. The trailer then jumpcuts again to the scene on the beachhead where we see the Marines from the earlier waves struggling to establish a foothold on the beach as they encounter heavy machine gun and mortar fire from the defending Japanese garrison. The voice over of the Channel Seven trailer then erroneously describes the battle being shown as 'the battle that saved Australia'.

The trailer focuses on one Marine in particular named Eugene B. Sledge (played by Joseph Mazzello), the author of With The Old Breed, one of the sources that the writers and producers of The Pacific have used for the mini-series, of whom we follow throughout the trailer.

United States

The first official U.S. trailer for The Pacific aired on HBO prior to the season 2 premiere of True Blood on June 14, 2009. It showed footage of the three main characters, including a conversation between Leckie and Sledge and Basilone's marriage and numerous combat scenes. The trailer concluded with "2010" displayed onscreen - alluding to and confirming the series release date. A new trailer currently is available on the HBO website after which the date "March 2010" is displayed, giving a more specific series release date.

References

  1. "Movies on a Roll". - Herald Sun. - August 3, 2008.
  2. Browne, Sophia. - "Crew Retreats from North". - The Cairns Post. - November 9, 2007.
  3. "Spielberg to Film in Queensland". - The West Australian. - June 22, 2007. | - "Spielberg war Epic for Docklands". - The Age. - April 26, 2007.
  4. Devlyn, Darren. - "War Comes to You Yangs". - Herald Sun. - November 10, 2007.
  5. Idato, Michael. - "The View: Spielberg's Pacific". - The Sydney Morning Herald. - May 21, 2007.
  6. Breen, Daniel. - "Strike Forces Early End to Filming". - Geelong Advertiser. - January 24, 2008.
  7. Cameron, Kellie. - "Spielberg Declares War". - Sunday Mail. - February 3, 2008.
  8. Lucas, Clay. - "Spielberg and Hanks to stop Melbourne traffic". - The Age. - September 15, 2007.
  9. Burke, Kelly. - "'Film capital' on tenterhooks as Melbourne steals show". - The Age. - February 9, 2008.
  10. Cannata, Sarah. - "Baird Hitches up His Horses to Draw Movie Roles". - Whittlesea Post. - June 25, 2008.
  11. Bruce-Rosser, Kate. - "Fight for a Skyline". - Stonnington Leader. - March 26, 2008.
  12. Zeitchik, Steven. - "HBO greenlights Spielberg mini". - Variety. - April 24, 2007.
  13. The Pacific. - IMDb. - February 1, 2008. | - The Pacific: Cast & Crew. - PacificFans.com. - February 1, 2008.
  14. Hassall, Greg. - "The view: Marines on the March". - The Sydney Morning Herald. - October 20, 2008.
  15. Bryne, Fiona; Alice Coster; and Katherine Firkin (May 26, 2009). - Tattle: "WWII series on hold for a year". - Herald Sun.
(31) Military History Magazine, Vol.26, No.4 October/November 2009

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