HBO’s ‘The Pacific’ Trailer

Published 5 years ago by , Updated November 13th, 2012 at 5:26 am,
the pacific hbo HBOs The Pacific Trailer

HBO is bringing us The Pacific, a WWII story of what went down in the Pacific while the men from Band of Brothers were fighting in Europe.

The series is based on the memoirs of Eugene Sledge and Robert Leckie, both of whom were Marines that served in the Pacific Theater of Operations.  It was produced by (you guessed it) Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks (both of whom produced BoB) and Gary Goetzman (producer of Charlie Wilson’s War). 

Joseph Mazzello and James Badge Dale have tackled the roles of Sledge and Leckie, respectively.  John Seda rounds out the lead parts playing Sergeant John Basilone.  Mazzello played the little boy in Jurassic Park (!) all those years ago, Dale popped up in The Departed and The Black Donnellys and Seda’s a former boxer who appeared in Twelve Monkeys and more recently, Bad Boys II.

Here’s the trailer for The Pacific. Dig in:

Here’s hoping The Pacific can match up to Band of Brothers while somehow not feeling like a rehash.  The speech that Lt. Spiers gave in Band of Brothers about embracing death was one of the most powerful and memorable things I’ve ever seen on TV.  If they can pull off just a couple moments like that in The Pacific, I’d be thrilled.

I’ve begrudgingly accepted the notion that the majority of television HBO touches turns to gold. Their approach of taking highly romanticized and curiosity-piquing concepts (the mafia, the old west, trendy life in a big city, vampires, being young and famous, etc. etc.) and adding human moments that allow us to relate to these extraordinary lives, has brought them well-deserved success for the last decade or so.  I’d say The Pacific is one of the best bets for quality TV viewing next year.  Do you agree?

The Pacific will hit our living rooms in March of 2010.

Souce: THR

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  1. I hope they don’t glorify the Japanese and that they clearly show the atrocities that they committed in WWII… There needs to be an episode that shows an entire village of unarmed Chinese, Filipino, or whatever, civilians slaughtered with their heads cut off so people will finally know what the Japanese really did in the Pacific front…

  2. Just so long as they show the fire bombing of Tokyo etc. Not so hands on but it the bombings killed more people than the Atomic bomb ever did.

    I am looking forward to this series!

  3. I’ve been following this for a while and have always wanted Spielburg and Hanks to tackle a Pacific Theatre WW2 story. I remember loving all the Band of Brothers back when they first came out along with Saving Private Ryan which is still one of my all time favorites. I also love Spielburg and Hanks’ style with the washed out colors and crucial character development. Its funny to see the kid from Jurrasic Park all grown up but I guess Spielburg still has faith in him! Def looking forward to this one.

  4. Wow, i loved Band of Brothers, i hope this is just as good

  5. @Daniel

    That was called “morale bombing.” And they did it to Germany too, so unless they showed it in Band of Brothers, they probably wouldn’t show it in this. Not to mention, I don’t think either show will focus much on air campaigns, more character stories of those on the ground. And you can’t actually accurately depict Japanese troops in WWII without chronicling their atrocities, same as with the Nazi’s.

  6. All of the explosions, sets and special effects can’t camouflage this film for what it appears to be; a glorified melodrama. If you like realism, this looks like a disappointment.