Yesterday, HBO debuted the new trailer for The Pacific, a massive, 10-part miniseries exec-produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman, the same powerhouse trio behind 2001’s Band of Brothers. This one is set in the Pacific theater during WWII and centers around three U.S. Marines played by James Badge Dale (The Departed), Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park), and Jon Seda (Kevin Hill). You can see from the trailer that, much like the six-time Emmy-winning Brothers, The Pacific won’t shy away from the devastating violence of war. And, surely, I’m not the only one who was reminded of Saving Private Ryan while watching soldiers disembark onto the bomb- and bullet-ridden shores of the Pacific Ocean.
I don’t tend to flock to war movies, but given this miniseries’ impeccable pedigree, I most certainly will check it out when it debuts next year. (Likely in March, according to recent remarks by Hanks.) From Ryan to Brothers to Ken Burns’ The War (which Hanks helped narrate), I continue to be intrigued and impressed by Hanks’ and Spielberg’s passion for exploring WWII. It makes perfect sense that after Brothers they’d turn their attention to the battlegrounds of the Pacific, no?
What do you think of the trailer? Will The Pacific be as good as Band of Brothers? Should the Academy just hand the Pacific team a pile of Emmys now?