Lombardo tells French journos discussions are underway

Could HBO be returning to WWII? Pay cabler, which had incredible success with “Band of Brothers” and then followed that up “The Pacific,” is considering doing a third miniseries, this time about the fight in the skies over the Pacific theater.

President of programming Michael Lombardo told a group of French journalists last week that the net is in discussions with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg — the exec producers of the first two minis and both long passionate about paying homage to the Allied soldiers who fought on both fronts.

“Band of Brothers,” about the U.S.-led Easy Company that slogged through the ground war in Europe, was packaged as a 10-part, 11-hour mini that aired in 2001. It was nominated for 19 Emmys, winning six.

The project was not only a huge hit with critics and American auds, but it also fared very well overseas. The DVD set was a goldmine for the net, earning more than $250 million.

“The Pacific” premiered in 2010 and focused on the Marines who toiled against the Japanese in such locales as Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and Peleliu.

There is no timetable as to when HBO may make a decision on a third installment.

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