BSkyB has bought the rights to The Pacific, HBO's big budget second world war drama follow-up to Band of Brothers, to run on Sky Movies next year.

The 10-part series, which will screen first on cable channel HBO in the spring of 2010, was filmed entirely in high definition and cost about $200m (128m) to produce. Sky Movies will also broadcast The Pacific in the spring of next year, without commercial breaks.

Billed as a "companion piece" to Band of Brothers, The Pacific tracks the intertwined odysseys of three US marines Robert Leckie, Eugene Sledge and John Basilone during the second world war Pacific campaigns against Japanese forces, from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima and home after VJ Day in August 1945.

The 10-part drama series is produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, the creative team behind the Emmy-winning 2001 series Band of Brothers.

Ian Lewis, the director of Sky Movies, said: 'We were blown away when we saw the previews of the series the cinematography and effects are pure Hollywood. It seemed only natural that a premium production such as this should live on Sky Movies, where it can be viewed as the director intended in HD and with no ad breaks."

The BBC was a co-production partner with HBO on Band of Brothers, which was shot on location in the UK and followed US paratroopers through the second world war's post-D-Day European campaign in 1944 and 1945. In the UK Band of Brothers was first broadcast on BBC2.

Band of Brothers followed Spielberg and Hanks's successful collaboration on the Oscar-winning war epic Saving Private Ryan.

from: Media Guardian