Not long after HBO’s "Band of Brothers" debuted in 2001, "Band" writer Bruce McKenna was sharing a beer with Bill Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose story was depicted in the landmark miniseries. McKenna told the former paratrooper that he couldn’t believe what Guarnere and his Easy Company mates went through as they made their way across Europe.You can read the full "Pacific" feature here. I'll be attempting to write up each episode as it airs (making it a nice bookend to my "Band of Brothers" reviews from last summer), so check back Sunday night at 10.
"Bill said, ‘You think we had it rough? You should talk to those boys who served in the Pacific,’" McKenna recalls.
That quote was at one point going to lead off "The Pacific," a "Band" companion miniseries nearly a decade in the making. And it remains the guiding principal followed by McKenna, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and the rest of the team behind the new $250 million production.
"This is ‘Band of Brothers’ goes to hell," says McKenna.
Friday, March 12, 2010
As a follow-up to yesterday's review of "The Pacific," I have a behind-the-scenes feature with thoughts from many of the behind-the-scenes personnel: