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#1 Martin Bull

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 04:36 PM

I've noticed on another forum some discussion of a 'sequel' to Band of Brothers which is reportedly due to start filming for HBO in January 2007.

This 10-part series will follow the actions of the 1st Marine Dvision through such battles as Guadalcanal, Pelelieu, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. Executive Producer is again slated to be Tom Hanks.

Sorry about the patchy info ; it was all I could find.

Anybody know anything more ? :confused:
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Posted 26 October 2006 - 04:43 PM

Cheers Martin-I'd settle for a decent re-run of Combat myself!
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Posted 26 October 2006 - 07:09 PM

that should be good, and yes i could settle for combat as well, haha
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Posted 26 October 2006 - 07:09 PM

I'm still waiting for a band of brothers style epic that follows a British/Commonwealth unit, much harder to sell to the ever important American market I suppose but it would be nice to see those chaps getting more cinematic recognition.
I'll keep waiting.
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 12:48 PM

I was rather harsh on 'BofB' when it first came out but even so, a while back I bought the boxed-DVD set and have recently been enjoying some of the episodes.

I still find some of it rather overblown but several of the combat scenes are really quite impressive.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 01:33 AM

I've noticed on another forum some discussion of a 'sequel' to Band of Brothers which is reportedly due to start filming for HBO in January 2007.

This 10-part series will follow the actions of the 1st Marine Dvision through such battles as Guadalcanal, Pelelieu, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. Executive Producer is again slated to be Tom Hanks.

Sorry about the patchy info ; it was all I could find.

Anybody know anything more ? :confused:


Martin, the 1st Marine Div. did not take part in the Battle of Iwo Jima. My understanding is that the series isn't going to follow a particular unit like Band of Brothers followed Easy Company 506 PIR 101st Airborne. They have begun casting and what follows are the lead characters.

[EUGENE BONDURANT SLEDGE] An empathetic 18 years old from Mobile, Alabama, Eugene grew up in an upper middle class Southern Family. Eugene was in his senior year when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, but because of a heart murmur his father, a doctor, would not allow him to join the Marines until late 1943. Sensitive, intelligent, and obedient Eugene served with distinction as a Mortarman during the war, garnering the nickname "Sledgehammer" from his compatriots. Although quiet and innocent, Eugene exhibited a steely determination to do his duty. During the war he kept a secret diary in his Bible which he recorded his observations about combat. Eugene was straightforward, observant, blunt when necessary, respectful and completely without flash or artifice...LEAD

[ROBERT HUGH LECKI] 21 years old. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Robert Leckie grew up in an Irish Catholic middle class suburban New Jersey family. A ferocious intelligence, a thinly disguised poetic soul, and his Irish charm became his saving graces. Sometimes high-strung, even manic depressive (he was later diagnosed as bi-polar), Robert grew up struggling to control his temper and his fists. When the war began Leckie was writing as a sports reporter for the Bergin County Evening News. December 7, 1941 compelled Leckie to join the Marines. His introduction to war occurred on August 7th 1942 when the First Marine Division invaded Guadalcanal. Serving first as a Machine Gunner in H-2-1 and then as a Scout later in the war, "Lucky" as his friends called him, exhibited uncommon courage in combat as well as a deeply ingrained and compulsive distaste for all authority out of combat. The malaria, dysentery and starvation he endured during the war, however, paled in comparison to the progressively deepening existential crisis he experienced in the Pacific...LEAD


[SIDNEY PHILLIPS] 17 years old. (MUST BE LEGAL 18) Sid was Eugene's oldest and best friend. A year younger than Eugene, Sid was from a more middle class family than his friend. They both loved movies, Rudyard Kipling, and playing practical jokes and the drums in the school band. Sid joined the Marines on December 8th and shipped out with Robert Leckie's Company, H-2-1 to Guadalcanal. The youngest member of H Company, he became an 81 mm Mortarman. He lost his innocence on Guadalcanal. Through all the degradations he suffered during the war Sid never lost his sense of humor, his humility, and his deeply rooted religious convictions...LEAD


[JOHN "MANILA" BASILONE] 26 years old. Born in Buffalo, New York to immigrant Italian parents, John Basilone grew up in Raritan, New Jersey. Good looking, easy-going and confident, with a bit of a devil-may-care attitude, he was charismatic, but unconscious about it. John was catnip to women. One of ten children, John's childhood was typical Italian working class. Although uneducated, he was extremely bright. Basilone joined the Army in 1934 - in part to ease the financial burden on his family, and in part to prove that he was a loyal American. While serving in the army he became the Inter-service Lightweight Boxing Champion. Discharged after four years, Basilone worked a variety of jobs. He joined the Marines in February, 1940 because they were "tougher" than the Army. A natural born leader, he was an enlisted man's sergeant, inspiring the men to do their best through example. Basilone was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service on Guadalcanal- the first living enlisted man to do so in the war - John was shipped home to spearhead Bond Tours and other publicity appearances for war morale. Despite being the most famous soldier in America, Basilone grew to hate his fame. He also missed the comraderie and excitement of combat. He finally forced the Marines to send him back to the Fleet in the summer of 1944. While training replacements at Camp Pendleton, John fell in love with a fellow Marine, Lena Riggi. A month after they married he shipped out...LEAD


[CAPTAIN ANDREW "ACK ACK" HALDANE] Sledge's commanding officer. 27 years old. The commander of Kay Company, Haldane, grew up in Lawrence Massachusetts and graduated from Bowdoin College. Highly intelligent, tall, beefy, square-jawed and charismatic, Haldane was universally adored by the men of his Company. Although big and strong, he never exhibited any bluster. Despite being a strict disciplinarian, Haldane never raised his voice and cared for his men in a manner that was unusual, even for the Corps. The war rapidly aged him, perhaps more than other commanders, because of the depth of the compassion he felt for his men...LEAD


[MERRIELL "SNAFU" SHELTON] Early 20s. The shortest man in Kay Company, Merriell grew up in rural Louisiana, spending much of his early years in a Depression CCC camp. Cajun, with a thick gumbo accent and easily riled, Snafu, as he was universally called, was a professional gambler before the war - often times getting caught with a fifth ace up his sleeve. Like thousands of poor depression boys Snafu joined the Marines for the regular food and payments. Although uneducated and unsophisticated, and at first highly suspicious of Sledge because of Eugene's upbringing and education, Snafu grew to respect Eugene, and the two served together until the very end of the war...LEAD


[JOHN PAUL "J.P." MORGAN] 24 years old. A corporal in Basilone's machine gun section on Guadalcanal (later a sergeant), Morgan was squat, blunt, and more prone to use his fists than his mind. Unlike Basilone, Morgan was dark, moody, and perpetually angry. Basilone was the only man Morgan couldn't or wouldn't fight in the Regiment. He was loyal, however, and he and Basilone drank together, chased skirts together and fought Japanese together in a way that suggested a close emotional tie...LEAD


This means that Helmet For My Pillow by Robert Leckie and With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge will be used as sources for the series.

I also found this on the Pacific War website:

A California newspaper recently interviewed Charles Tatum, a veteran from the battle of Iwo Jima and a recipient of the Bronze Star. In the article, there is mention of Tatum serving as a consultant to the upcoming series. Series creator and head writer Bruce McKenna, who wrote several "Band of Brothers" episodes, said Tatum has been "a fantastic resource, a tremendous trooper" in providing accurate details about life and battle conditions in the World War II Marine Corps and serving under the legendary Basilone.

"We optioned Chuck's book, and we anticipate having a character in the series named Chuck Tatum to depict Chuck's initiation into combat under the tutelage of John Basilone," McKenna said."



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Posted 17 March 2007 - 01:51 AM

Excellent. I heard rumors of this but didn't really believe them until now. This should be great.
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Posted 17 March 2007 - 01:30 PM

Great news, but like von Poop I'd like to see something with the UK/Commonwealth/Allies produced.
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Posted 17 March 2007 - 01:53 PM

But no Tiger or Panther tanks? In Hollywood they sure can get something instead, right?) ;)
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Posted 12 April 2008 - 08:05 PM

To be screened in 2009 "The Pacific" 10 part mini serias by the Band of Brothers makers, taken from the late Robert Leckie'a book A helmet for my Pillow and the late Eugene B Sledge's book With the Old Breed.
It tells the story of 3 marines during their fight against the Japanese in the Pacific during WWII.
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Posted 12 April 2008 - 08:52 PM

Sounds like something to keenly await for ;-D I wonder if Tom Hanks will have anything to do with this? If so, then you KNOW it will be tastefully done.
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Posted 12 April 2008 - 10:56 PM

It is another one by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, according to reports is has a budget of $150 million and is being filmed in Australia.

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 11:43 PM

I,ve heard of it but htey aren't so much news.
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 10:36 AM

Should be interesting, I hope they keep the movie making standard as high as with the original Band of Brothers. There´s just so many rip-offs after a successful movie but I´d believe if just Spielberg-Hanks stay with the team no reason to worry.
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 01:09 PM

09 is to far away to wait for this series if the effit that went into band of brothers . goes into the pacific series where in for some mighty good
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 02:41 PM

That would be great! I'm already looking forward to it!! Thanks for the heads up!
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 08:00 PM

If its by the guys who made Band of Brothers its bound to be good. I'll keep an eye out for it. Thanks!!

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 02:34 PM

I'm looking forward to this. Having recently read Sledge's book, I simply can't wait to see how the series turns out! Excellent!:D

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 10:34 PM

I read E. B. Sledge's book too a few weeks ago, and I am really looking forward to "The Pacific" it won't get here fast enough.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 11:36 AM

I am so excited about this one for many reason, and knowing that we have Hanks and Spielberg behind the wheel ensures we will be getting another classic that is brilliantly pieced together.

Here are some update links I was able to find:
Tom Hanks talks about THE PACIFIC – Collider Exclusive

HBO Sails for 'The Pacific' - Hanks, Spielberg producing 'Band of Brothers' companion - Zap2it

HBO: Films - News **Scroll down a bit to find some info on The Pacific

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 01:40 PM

If it is the same format and being created by the same people behind Band of Brothers that it will almost defiantly be amazing. It's been reported that it has 200,000,000$ budget. Historically sound, good minds, and all the resources it needs.

I'm looking forward to it.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 03:20 PM

brilliant stuff.lee.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 10:59 PM

Look lie a good-un. The fact it's taking so long means (with Steve & Hank at the wheel) that it should be damn good.
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Posted 08 June 2008 - 10:00 PM

I loved Band of Brothers, just the way the story was done, really getting to know these men and feeling as if you were there experiencing their struggle and pain. I am really looking forward to another installment. Thanks for the heads up!

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 01:55 AM

I thought Band of Brothers was fantastic. If Pacific is done with the same intensity and accuracy, it should be outstanding.

Dick Winters lives about an hour and half from my home and Harry Welsh was from my hometown, so Band of Brothers has always had a special signifigance to me. Anxious to see Pacific.

Thanks for the heads up!




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