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Starz And Michael Bay Take To The High Seas For New Original Series "Black Sails"

Eight-Episode Season One Commitment for Pirate Adventure Tales of Captain Flint

Starz to Retain All Domestic and International Rights Including TV, Home Video, and Digital

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced the straight-to-series greenlight of "Black Sails" (working title) from executive producer Michael Bay. The new STARZ Original series is expected to air in 2014. The eight-episode first season of the pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island."

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.

"Starz is excited to be working with a visionary like Michael,'" said Albrecht. "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."

"I'm excited to branch out into television," says Michael Bay, the record-breaking director/producer of such big screen hits as Transformers and Bad Boys, "especially doing a long-form series for STARZ, a network known for supporting cutting edge programming."

Following the model of the "Spartacus" franchise and "Magic City," Starz will retain all domestic and international rights to the dramatic series, including television, home video, and digital.

"Black Sails" will be executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form [producers on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Nightmare on Elm Street (2009)]. The series is created by showrunner and executive producer Jon Steinberg (creator "Jericho," "Human Target") and co-executive producer Robert Levine ("Touch").

The production is set to shoot at Cape Town Studios in Cape Town, South Africa later this year.

http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/05/black-sails-starz-orders-new-michael.html

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"Starz is excited to be working with a visionary like Michael'"

LOL, Michael Bay a visionary, I guess no one saw Transformers 3.

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Doesn't look too bad :).

It looks complete, so why the long delay until 2014? Surely a post production and editing team can't take that long!

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Looks pretty good! 2014.. so long tho.

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I won't even remember it 3 months from now, much less a year from now.

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I won't even remember it 3 months from now, much less a year from now.

My constant updates are bound to change that :p

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Rappy is like an alarm clock ;) So tell us weeks before it comes out :D

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I bet only the pilot is done, which is what we see in the clip, now that stars picked it up they'll start filming the rest. But being a pirate movie and all it's going to take more time to film. Big sets need to be made for the ships and the pirate battles. Just adds to the time needed.

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Cannonball hits the sails: ship explodes!

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Cannonball hits the sails: ship explodes!

Sounds legit.

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I wonder if it will end up being an Assassin's Creed IV tie-in.

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My constant updates are bound to change that :p

One can hope. :)

I'm not much on pirates anyway. Just not my thing.

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This definitely caught my interest. When will this air?

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This definitely caught my interest. When will this air?

Early next year

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Ah, thanks for the headsup. Too bad it's so far away, haha :p

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In what sad and pathetic universe Bay is a visionary?

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^That last bit was awesome to be honest!

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Looks like it will be pretty good.

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They had amazing dental care back then.

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