HBO greenlights “The Pacific”

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are teaming up for yet another World War II project. It’s good to see the creative duo are taxing their brains to come up with different projects. Following in the footsteps of “Saving Private Ryan” and “Band of Brothers” will be a new mini-series following to US Marines during the Pacific campaign.

We kid because this is fantastic news. If it’s almost as good as “Band of Brothers” then television lovers will be in for a real treat. Production begins this summer in Australia for a targeted release in 2009.

Variety reports that directors and cast members are not attached. “The Pacific” will be based on several sources, including Eugene Sledge’s “With the Old Breed” and Robert Leckie’s “Helmet for My Pillow.” It will follow the stories of the two authors and a third soldier while stationed in Melbourne.

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