Starz has greenlit a new series from executive producer Michael Bay, with a working title of Black Sails. This pirate adventure series will focus on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, taking place twenty years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht says, “Starz is excited to be working with a visionary like Michael. Along with the high-octane action that is a hallmark of a Michael Bay production, it has the elements that Starz originals are striving to bring to the premium landscape: epic, larger than life, cinematic storytelling. The series is also a property we believe will appeal to the global content marketplace with broadcasters around the world.”
Executive Producer Michael Bay says, “I’m excited to branch out into television, especially doing a long-form series for Starz, a network known for supporting cutting edge programming.”
The eight-episode first season of this series is expected to air in 2014. Production is set to begin at Cape Town Studios in Cape Town, South Africa later this year.