Neil Marshall to Direct Pilot Episode of Starz’s Pirate Show Black Sails

Treasure Island Book CoverThe Starz cable network’s upcoming pirate show “Black Sails”, a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate tale “Treasure Island”, just got more interesting, with news that the master of cinematic splatter, Neil Marshall has signed up to direct the pilot episode.

Set 20 years before “Treasure Island”, the Michael Bay-produced “Black Sails” would follow the fearsome Captain Flint and his many pirating adventures. A string of illegal activity that, no doubt, netted him quite an array of fine booty. Plus, I bet he made plenty of money, too. Heh.

Anyways, the show is already in pre-production in Cape Town, South Africa, with Starz launching the show as an 8-episode first season. They plan to air “Black Sails” in early 2014, just in time to take over the spot that will eventually be left open when Starz’s hit show “Spartacus” closes shop after 3 seasons. (I’m still kinda flummoxed they’re actually ending a hit show on their own accord. Wow.)

British director Neil Marshall is known mostly for bloody horror films “The Descent” and “Dog Soldiers”, but he’s brought his brand of mayhem to plenty of genres, including sci-fi in “Doomsday”, historical in “Centurion”, and recently helmed the “Blackwater” episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. People were apparently really, really impressed with that episode, but it might be because I’ve read the book, because I found it to be, uh, kind of lackluster. TV budget and all, I suppose, not much you can do with that.

In any case, Marshall is also scheduled to direct the Dracula pic “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” for Millennium Films, which is currently in development. I’d love to see what Marshall does with a vampire flick, so hopefully he gets that one going.

Neil Marshall on the set of Doomsday (2008) Movie Image

Via : Deadline