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HBO greenlights third WWII miniseries with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg


This is the news we have been waiting for!

Recently Graham Yost, the creator of 'Justified', talked about Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg getting together with HBO for a third time to produce a World War II miniseries (Yost wrote for both the previous two, 'The Pacific' and 'Band of Brothers'). At first it seemed like wishful thinking, but he did have a lot of knowledge about the potential project.

Well, it looks like he knew what he was talking about, as HBO has announced a new series that will explore the aerial battles of the Second Great War, through the lens of the Eighth Air Force ("The Mighty Eighth").

Based on "Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany" by Donald L. Miller, the series will be a tent pole of HBO's programing whenever it makes it to air (the date is unknown at this time). HBO has spent big money on the other two miniseries - $125 million on 'Brothers' and more than $200 million for 'Pacific'. Expect a similar financial commitment, as large-scale sets will have to be produced and the special effects will certainly be top-notch.

Both previous series were highly decorated come awards season. 'The Pacific' won eight Emmys in 2010, but 'Brothers' dominated, with 19 Emmys, as well as wins at the Golden Globes and a Peabody award.

Damn I am excited for this.


- Steven Spielberg
- Tom Hanks
- The Pacific
- Band of Brothers

Written by: Hamatosan
Jan 18th, 2013, 3:16 pm


Message Posted On Aug 18th, 2013, 4:22 pm
I would like to see the war from the German side for a change. Poland, France, north and eastern Europe, africa, and of course Russia. Those troops saw the true bulk of the war.

Message Posted On Jan 21st, 2013, 3:12 pm
I got a bad feeling about this one. War movies about airplanes are usually lame and it's not even about fighters. Making a TV-serie about the crew of a B-17 bombing Europe's gonna be extremely boring compared to Band of brothers and the Pacific.

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Message Posted On Jan 19th, 2013, 7:26 am

To clear up the confusion, it did indeed just say "The Great War" originally. After the original comment, I changed it to the "Second Great War", which is indeed a not uncommon historical name for WWII. It was a simple mistake on Josh's part, that was corrected. And no, I don't feel that the original commenter was being a "dickhead". He pointed out an error, it was fixed. Nothing more.


Message Posted On Jan 19th, 2013, 2:49 am
I'm 98% sure that it didn't say Second Great War when I made the initial comment

Message Posted On Jan 19th, 2013, 12:03 am
Looking forward to this.

Message Posted On Jan 18th, 2013, 9:52 pm
I took Josh's use of "_Second_ Great War" to have been intentional (a term for WWII which is, actually, not that uncommon in the historiography). *** That having been said, calling someone a d*ckhead for nitpicking (even if in error), and then, to make matter exponentially worse, not ending that sentence with a period (!!) [sentence ends abruptly] *** Anyway, I, for one, will be looking forward to this. (Although, I am finding it difficult to envision a depiction of the airwar being even half as captivating as the infantry vantage point presented in the prior two series.)

Message Posted On Jan 18th, 2013, 6:32 pm
You knew what he meant dickhead

Message Posted On Jan 18th, 2013, 6:08 pm
So it's a WWII miniseries about the Great War, which is another name for WWI?
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