Actor Tom Hanks and film-maker Steven Spielberg are bringing their 10-part mini-series, The Pacific, to India. The World War II drama, which was shot at a cost of $200 million, will go on air on HBO starting May 30, 2010.The Pacific has been produced by HBO, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone, Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Television and Seven Network Australia. The score has been written by Hans Zimmer, Geoff Zanelli and Blake Neely.
James Badge Dale, Jon Seda and Joseph Mazzello star in The Pacific, which spotlights the U.S. Marine Corps’ actions in the Pacific. The series, which premiered in the United States on March 14, 2010, is based on memoirs by two U.S. Marines – With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa ( Eugene Sledge) and Helmet for My Pillow ( Robert Leckie).
The miniseries tells the stories of the two authors and Marine John Basilone, during the war against Japan. It also borrows from Eugene Sledge’s China Marine and Red Blood, Black Sand, abd the memoir of Chuck Tatum.
The series features battles involving the 1st Marine Division, such as Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, and John Basilone’s involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Hugh Ambrose has authored an official tie-in book to the miniseries. The book – the stories of the three men featured in the miniseries and stories of fellow marines – was released in the United States and the United Kingdom in March 2010.
At $200 million, The Pacific is one of HBO’s most expensive mini-series. Shot at actual locations, principal photography took almost 10 months. The series was to be launched in India at the time it was launched in the United States, but was delayed keeping in mind the exam time and IPL mania.
HBO is bringing three other original series to India in 2010. The new series include Bored To Death, Hung and The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. The network also plans to air the third and seventh seasons of hit series True Blood and Entourage, in India.