The trailer was released on January 16th, 2018 and celebrates the series’ 20th anniversary. It also features a cameo from Tom Hanks who is an executive producer on the series.
In honor of Steven Spielberg’s epic World War II drama series Band of Brothers’ 20th anniversary, HBO will premiere a new 12-part podcast examining every episode of what is considered one of the greatest miniseries of all time, beginning on the exact date the series premiered in 2001 with special guest Tom Hanks. The two-time Academy Award winner has long been regarded as a recorder of global events during the period when the globe was at war. When the series debuts on September 9th, Hanks will discuss it with presenter Roger Bennett.
“Anyone watching this for the first time would think, okay, take away the nostalgia, this is a study of the human condition,” Tom Hanks says of the Band Of Brothers miniseries. “What are your thoughts? What would you do in this situation?”
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Next week, the first two episodes will be released as a double header, with a prologue and the first episode, “Currahee,” co-written by Hanks. Ron Livingston is also featured in the Currahee podcast, which tells the narrative of the Division’s “Easy” Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. New episodes will be released weekly, and the series will include more of the ensemble, including Billions star Damian Lewis.
In addition to interviews with those involved in the series’ creation, the podcast will delve into the creative process that went into bringing the horrors of war and the camaraderie of the “band of brothers” to life in a way that allowed the series to maintain its reputation as one of the best war dramas ever produced. The podcast, according to host Roger Bennett, was something that had to be done since the series had such an effect on him when he first watched it.
Bennett told Deadline, “Band of Brothers was such a significant program to me.” “Every year, like hundreds of others, I watch it as a ritual. This is the face of the America I grew up with. Everyday heroism, altruism, and global leadership are all shown in this film.”
Of course, the series’ release coincided with the 9/11 terror attacks, making it seem even more of a reminder of what had already been lost to war all those years before, as the world prepared to enter a war of a different kind, but with the same risks, loss of life, and overall outcome of many lives being changed for the rest of their lives. While those assaults are still vivid in many people’s minds, many of the memories of World War II and the sacrifices made by those who fought have faded with the passage of time, as Bennett pointed out.
“Around 300,000 Second World War veterans will still be alive in June 2020,” Bennett added. “That number has shrunk to barely 100,000 by June 2021. The newest members of the military are now in their late nineties. Only one member of Easy Company, Col. Edward Shames, is still alive, and he is now 99 years old. When you look at those figures, it’s easy to see why the Band of Brothers narrative is becoming more significant as time passes. These extraordinary individuals are no longer with us to bear witness and share their experiences. It’s impossible to comprehend what might happen if their story faded from our collective memory “..
On September 9, the podcast will be available on HBO Max, Spotify, and other podcast providers, and the whole Band of Brothers series is already available on HBO Max.
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