HBO Considering Third BAND OF BROTHERS TV Series

     October 19, 2012


If your heart has mended since having seen the WWII HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, which first aired in 2001, and you have gotten through the pain and triumph of The Pacific, the follow-up series that took place in the Asia theater of war (and aired in 2010) then prepare for a new soul-crushing possibility: a third series that would follow the aerial battles in the Pacific.

The original installment seemed to act as a springboard for a huge number of actors who have continued rising in their fame (such as Michael FassbenderRon LivingstonJamie BamberTom HardyColin Hanks and Simon Pegg), including Damian Lewis, whose heroic Major Dick Winters is miles away from his current role as the compromised former patriot Nicholas Brody on Showtime’s Homeland (Dick Winters would never be turned against America!)  For more on the upcoming project, hit the jump.

band-of-brothers-posterAccording to The Playlist, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are presumed to be involved as producers again in the third series, but little else is known about the possible revival of the WWII historical drama, though network executives Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler seem keen on the idea given the success of the first two series.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, we’ve provided the synopsis below (via HBO):

Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company parachuting into Normandy early on D-Day morning, participants in the Battle of the Bulge, and witness to the horrors of war, the men of Easy knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear – and became the stuff of legend. Based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s acclaimed book of the same name.

Co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the award-winning series features Damian Lewis, James McAvoy and Simon Pegg.

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  • Wes

    They know WW2, so this should be worth watching.

  • CL

    The Pacific was a bit of a letdown for me. However, i still hold Band of Brothers as one of the greatest things made ever. Would love to see more.

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  • gcm443

    Sounds good. I’d like to see a series based on Vietnam too

    • zachrifice

      Considering how good the previous two mini series were, Id love to see one of Vietnam as well but i doubt it would ever happen.

      Both wars were completely different. WW2 was a very patriotic version of war when America was united. Vietnam was a very unpopular war with America, much of the country was divided on it.

  • WWII Buff

    They should follow the Russian campaign of WWII. That would be awesome!

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  • Stephens

    Try going back and watching Band of Brothers and looking out for guys like Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Simon Pegg and Tom Hardy. It’s nearly impossible to spot them. None of those guys played a major role but it’s still kind of cool when you see a quick flash of one.

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  • Silversource

    Then, how about the Americans in the Africa/Siciliy/Italy campaign? There’s lots to be told there.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree, the pacific and Northern European theatres were both brilliant so the only places left where America fought were North Africa and Italy, Two major groups they could look into are the 82nd Airborne or the 1st infantry division, 82nd did have a tremendous story line through Italy, France and Holland but since one of the miniseries has already been on the 101st airborne it may just be copying the style which is why 1st infantry is the only real choice, the first division (also known as The Big Red One, or the fighting first), they fought through:
      Operation Torch
      Operation Husky
      Operation Overlord
      Battle of Hurtgen Forest
      Battle of the Bulge
      they are the only other real choice.
      The Pacific theatre has little left apart from Guam and Saipan but divisions such as the 2nd Marines were on Guadalcanal too meaning you would have to go over that hell island again!
      Not unless they tackle something completely different such as Air force, Navy or Tanks corps (which will not make for as good of a story since Air force may seem a little repetitive and will not beat the movie battle of britain, Same with the Navy who you may not get to see much action, Tank corps could work but you may not get the sense of the grouping bonding of the men as such with this)
      I still stick with my word of 1st Infantry being the best decision and really the only decision.

  • shane

    i loved Band of Brothers and the Pacific, as long as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are behind it, i’d love a third

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  • Jan

    how about the korean war?

  • BostonJohn

    They should do one about Khe Sanh and incorporate stories from both Marine Corps and Air Force participants in that conflict.