Spielberg and Hanks’ Pacific to Film in Australia


The Sun-Herald reports that HBO and DreamWorks’ “The Pacific,” to be produced by Steven Spielberg and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, has set up shop in Melbourne and commenced casting.

The article states that the 10-part war miniseries will cost $150 million and employ 280 Australian actors, including almost 20 male least and at least 250 in supporting roles or extras.

From the creative team that brought you “Band of Brothers,” the project is centered on the battles in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Writer Bruce McKenna, who penned several installments of the first miniseries, is the head writer.

The cameras are expected to start rolling in August for close to a year, with locations to include Far North Queensland, Melbourne and the Northern Territory. Producers have chosen to base the series at Melbourne’s Central City Studios.