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'Band of Brothers' Team Heads for Pacific Theater
Hollywood Reporter ^ | Jul 21, 2003 | Chris Gardner

Posted on 07/21/2003 7:36:39 AM PDT by jern

'Band of Brothers' Team Heads for Pacific Theater Mon Jul 21, 1:44 AM ET Add Entertainment - Reuters TV to My Yahoo!

By Chris Gardner

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Steven Spielberg (news), Tom Hanks (news) and Gary Goetzman -- the Emmy-winning creative team behind "Band of Brothers" -- are mounting a new 10-part World War II mini-series centered on battles in the Pacific theater.

DreamWorks confirmed that the project, being referred to as the "Untitled World War II Pacific Theater Project," is in the early stages of development, with a deal being finalized for HBO to serve as a partner in the mini-series.

The production is expected to require a "Brothers"-type budget of more than $100 million.

Screenwriter Bruce McKenna, who penned several installments of the first miniseries and picked up a Writers Guild of America Award for his work, already has held numerous creative meetings with Spielberg and Goetzman and is expected to become the head writer.

There is no deal for McKenna, and negotiations haven't started for the scribe to board the project, but sources said the principals are discussing scheduling and how much it would cost to hire McKenna for what would be a long-term assignment.

Currently a hot writer on the film front, McKenna is adapting Marvel Comics' "Hands of Shang Chi" for DreamWorks and recently closed a deal to adapt the upcoming nonfiction book "The Perfect Mile" for Universal Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment and Kennedy/Marshall.

The "Pacific Theater Project" is not based on any existing source material but is expected to follow a company of soldiers through the island campaign, just as "Brothers" viewed the European campaign from D-Day forward through the eyes of Easy Company of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.

The multiepisode "Brothers," based on the book by historian Stephen E. Ambrose, proved to be an awards circuit favorite after it aired on HBO in 2001. It was nominated for 19 Emmys and earned six, including a trophy for outstanding miniseries.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hollywood; wwii

1 posted on 07/21/2003 7:36:40 AM PDT by jern
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To: jern
They ought to try to have their Hollywood war heros go after commies for a change...
oh that's right they dont eat their own....just yet
2 posted on 07/21/2003 7:47:00 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: jern
Easy title for this : Island Hopping Campaign
3 posted on 07/21/2003 7:54:07 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (We are crushing our enemies, seeing him driven before us and hearing the lamentations of the liberal)
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To: jern
I think they need to follow a company from the 1st Marine division from Guadalcanal to Iwo-Jima
4 posted on 07/21/2003 8:03:54 AM PDT by BobinIL
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To: BobinIL
oops, make that Okinawa not Iwo-Jima
5 posted on 07/21/2003 8:16:10 AM PDT by BobinIL
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To: BobinIL
I think only the Guadacanal saga has enough material for a 10 part series.

Though I've always thought the ordeal of the marine 1st defense battalion, VMF 211 and the civilian construction workers during the seige at Wake Island deserved some attention from Hollywood (the 1943 propaganda film bore no resemblence to reality) such a series would stretch longer than the actual seige.

6 posted on 07/21/2003 8:19:02 AM PDT by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: BobinIL
BbinIL is right on. Look for a Band of Brothersesque portrayal of a unit from the 1st Marines Gudalcanal to Okinawa. The Title - Only one choice - "Semper Fi"
7 posted on 07/21/2003 8:58:47 AM PDT by azcap
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To: jern
are mounting a new 10-part World War II mini-series centered on battles in the Pacific theater.

Yet another war movie? Well I guess the hollywood types got to keep filming something, to keep that money flowing....

8 posted on 07/21/2003 9:01:54 AM PDT by Joe Hadenuf (Are these people for real?)
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To: Vic3O3; cavtrooper21
More to add to the DVD collection.

Semper Fi
9 posted on 07/21/2003 11:23:55 AM PDT by dd5339 (Lookout Texas, here we come in 6 days!)
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To: azcap
I hope it is based on a real company...just like Band of Brothers....i am looking forward to this...these stories need to be told to the younger generation.
10 posted on 08/23/2003 10:02:43 PM PDT by teldon30
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To: jern
I'm currently watching a documentary/show in the History Channel about's been very good and informative. So much more info than they give you in boot camp....
11 posted on 12/15/2003 2:55:22 PM PST by dvldog
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To: teldon30
Sorry for my very late comment on this, but I've just come across this forum. I had read in one of After the Battle's editions that Spielberg had bought the rights to John Bradley's book "Flags of our Fathers" back in 2001 or 02. This book was written by the the son of one of the flagraisers on Iwo Jima and follows the story of those 7 men who would eventually feature in Joe Rosenthal's photograph. I certainly hope that this is what will turn out to be the "Pacific Project". Keeping my fingers crossed!
12 posted on 04/16/2004 3:21:48 AM PDT by Doctor Foo
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To: Doctor Foo

I have to admit, he's chosen well for his series: it stayed without the usual Hollywood retrospective liberalism and just stayed close at hand to the subject matter without much judgement. That he's going to be using that source material (and I hope he does) bodes well for this new series.

I do have the offhand feeling because it's the Japanese he'll try to "humanize" (make more sympathetic) the Japanese soldiers. We'll probably not get the "this is what's behind it all" peek we got with the Nazi concentration camps. Darker than white skin privilege runs deep in their set.

13 posted on 03/24/2006 2:14:55 AM PST by Captain Woo Woo
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