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The “Transformers” director/producer is expanding beyond explosive cinematic mayhem, mutated turtles from space, and horror reboots. Bay and his Platinum Dunes will be developing a new pirate TV show called “Black Sails” for the boys and gals at the Starz Channel, with an 8-episode first season that should bow sometime in 2014.
“Black Sails” will follow the exploits of pirate Captain Flint, and will take place twenty years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel “Treasure Island”. A good thing, since Flint was already dead by the time “Treasure Island” came around. Now we’ll find out how.
Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.
Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will produce the show, which was created by “Jericho’s” Jon Steinberg, who will continue on as showrunner. Basically, he’s the guy who does all the work, while Bay gets all the glory in press releases. Hey, at least it beats digging trenches for a living.
“Black Sails” is another in a line of pretty strong original programs for the cable net, including “Spartacus” (currently going into its third season) and “Magic City” with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, currently in its first season. Considering those two titles, it looks like Starz has a thing for period shows.
The production is set to shoot at Cape Town Studios in Cape Town, South Africa later this year.