The man responsible for turning ‘Transformers’ into a blockbuster movie franchise is heading for the high seas with a original TV series for Starz.
Variety is reporting that the premium entertainment programming provider announced May 3 that Michael Bay will be the executive producer of a pirate-adventure series with the working title of Black Sails, featuring characters from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Starz Entertainment CEO Chris Albrecht says Bay is the perfect choice to head the project.
“Starz is excited to be working with a visionary like Michael,” says 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 show will be an eight-part series telling the story of feared pirate Captain Flint, who welcomes to his crew a young and fast-talking new member by the name of John Silver. The story is set 20 years prior to the events in Stevenson’s epic tale and takes place in New Providence Island, where pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers live, fight and play.
“I’m excited to branch out into television,” says Bay, the record-breaking director and producer of such movie franchises as Transformers and Bad Boys, “Especially doing a long-form series for Starz, a network known for supporting cutting edge programming.”
The new TV series is scheduled to begin shooting in South Africa later this year and is expected to air in 2014.