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 Fassbender, Ron Livingston, Jamie Bamber, Tom Hardy, Colin 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.
According 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.