“The Pacific” an HBO Miniseries Premieres Tonight
The Pacific premieres tonight on HBO at 9 pm! The executive producers of The Pacific are Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks both of whom did Band of Brothers back in 2001. HBO Films, Playtone, Dreamworks, and Seven Network are associated with the miniseries.
Filming for The Pacific was in Australia and began in August of 2007 and was completed in late May of 2008. Originally, the project was estimated at $100 million (U.S.) to produce, but had a budget of more than $150 million (U.S.). It follows three main characters Joseph Mazzello who plays Corporal Eugene “Sledgehammer” Sledge, Jon Seda who plays Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, and James Badge Dale who plays Private First Class Robert Leckie. Eugenee Sledge was a university professor and author after the war, John Basilone was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor because of his actions at Guadalcanal, and Robert Leckie was an American author of many popular military history books in the United States.