A sister show to HBO’s “Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific” focused on American G.I.s fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. It’s a much more brutal and somewhat more nihilistic series than “Band of Brothers,” and it was more expensive, too. The Peleliu landing scene cost $5 million alone, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Costume designers crafted 3,000 historically accurate uniforms for the cast, and for that one landing scene alone, HBO commissioned 50,000 rounds of specialty blank ammunition. The show began with an estimated budget of around $100 million — similar to “Band of Brothers” — but the 10-episode miniseries’ final cost was at least $200 million.
HBO is said to have another WWII miniseries in development, about the Eighth Air Force (called either “Masters of Air” or “The Mighty Eighth”), but little to no news about its production has been released in several years. We’re hoping it gets made.