4/7/07 The miniseries is retitled The Pacific, and it’s announced that it will be shot in Australia. Hundreds of Australian actors will be hired. I assume that since they used Brits for the American roles in Band of Brothers, they will use the Australians in the American roles as well. They will start shooting in August and will take about a year, so look for the viewing in time for the November sweeps in 2008. The $150 million production is casting in Sydney and Melbourne.
11/30/05 To answer a lot of veterans who felt left out by Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, HBO, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are teaming up again to present a ten-part miniseries about the Pacific War. Partly based on E.B. Sledge’s compelling autobiography about his participation in the campaigns of Peleliu and Okinawa, it should be another really accurate portrayal of WWII combat.