Most of us have been anticipating The Pacific to screen on Channel Seven sometime in 2009, but one recent article published on international formats website C21 indicates it won’t air on HBO until 2010.
The Spielberg-Hanks project, a follow-on from the successful Band of Brothers miniseries, has been sold into several major markets, including the UK, Germany, Canada and France.
The 10×60 miniseries has been acquired for channels in Germany, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium and Romania, while TMN, Super Ecran and Movie Central have it in Canada. Belgian networks RTBF, Telenet and BETV and Iceland’s 365 Media also have the show. Further deals have been inked, or are in the final stages of negotiations, with channels in Japan, the Middle East, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Scandinavia and New Zealand.
“In fact, the only major markets where we haven’t sold The Pacific are Spain, Italy, Russia and Korea, where Band of Brothers was a very big hit,” said HBO’s Charles Schregers.
He described The Pacific not only as “the biggest thing HBO has ever done” but also “the biggest production in the history of television,” given the scale and scope of the miniseries. “It’s like making 10 major movies at once.”
Shot predominantly in Melbourne and in Queensland, it includes Aussie actors Gary Sweet, Isobel Lucas, Tom Budge, Damon Herriman and Sam Parsonson.