If you loved the Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg produced HBO WWII mini-series Band of Brothers, then you're no doubt anticipating The Pacific. On March 14th, HBO will air the first episode of this new 10-part Hanks/Spielberg mini-series, which documents the true stories of three marines who fought in the nightmarish Pacific Theater in WWII.
Spielberg, Hanks and the stars of the series, including the grown-up Joe Mazzello (Jurassic Park), attended the TCA Winter Press Tour to answers questions about their epic undertaking. Spielberg noted that The Pacific has a different look and feel than Band of Brothers. Brothers had a darker, gloomier grey feeling more reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan - while The Pacific is brighter and more vivid. "It was a blue sky world," Spielberg said, speaking to the personal accounts of the war from the soldiers who fought in it. "It was a hot, dry, humid blue- sky world. There are more vivid colors in The Pacific than we ever had in Band of Brothers." Spielberg talked about wanting to capture the very distinct terror and chaos that was a part of the war in the Pacific Theater.
Hanks added that they didn't want to make this new mini-series about comparing levels of savagery, but that the battles against the Japanese had a distinct barbarism. "This was a level when nature and humanity conspired against the individual," Hanks stated. With this mini-series the producers wanted to "see what happens to that individual up until the dropping of those two atomic bombs." Hanks went on to say that they didn't want this to feel like a museum piece. "It was a war of racism and terror. And horror," Hanks explained, speaking to his notion that European Theater in WWII was the last war of its kind, and that the Pacific Theater was much more like the wars that we know in the modern era. "I don't look at WWII or any war story or see it as a specific, finite 'open and closed' story," Hanks said. "You see the best of human kind in war and you see the worst of human kind in war."