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By / 03.10.09

Today’s weather: Warm and sunny, with a 100% chance of explosions

Following the success of Band of Brothers, Steven Spielberg and HBO have teamed up to create a 10-part, $150 million miniseries about Marines in World War II’s Pacific Theater of Operations called, simply, The Pacific.  From /film:

[The Pacific] tells the intertwined stories of three Marines, Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda), during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.

Since most of you ignorant heathens don’t know Tarawa from Pelelieu, Robert Leckie was a noted military historian whose memoir Helmet for my Pillow — about his time as a scout for the 1st Marine Division — is part of the basis for the series.  E.B. Sledge’s With the Old Breed, about Pelelieu and Okinawa, is one of the finest war memoirs ever written.  And who was John Basilone?  Oh, he just won a Medal of Honor on Guadalcanal for single-handedly annihilating about 3000 Japanese while manning and repairing a machine gun through the night until his hands were blistered from the heat.  No biggie.

The Pacific (early promo trailer below) is expected to air late this year or in early 2010.  Watch it or I hate you.


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