Pacific edition, Tuesday, May 1, 2007

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Pacific veterans of World War II are about to get their own “Band of Brothers” miniseries on HBO.

HBO Films announced this week that Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, the duo that produced the Emmy-winning “Band of Brothers” about U.S. soldiers fighting in Europe, have teamed up again for “The Pacific,” a 10-hour series that will track three Marines as they fought the Japanese, from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

The miniseries is based on the books “With the Old Breed” by Eugene Sledge, and “Helmet for My Pillow,” by Robert Leckie, as well as interviews conducted by Hugh Ambrose, son of historian Stephen Ambrose, author of “Band of Brothers.”

Stephen Ambrose — who died in 2002 — and Hugh Ambrose were on Okinawa in 2001 doing research for a book on the Pacific theater during WWII and filming a documentary for the Pacific wing of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans.

Hugh Ambrose also serves as a consultant for the miniseries.

According to HBO Films, shooting for the miniseries will begin this summer in Australia.

“This epic miniseries is based on the true stories of three Marines whose experiences in the Pacific embodied the unique nature of that theater of war, and dramatize how it profoundly differed from the European front,” said HBO Films president Colin Callender in a press release. “This was a different sort of warfighting a different sort of enemy,” he said.

No release date has been announced.

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