Starz has unveiled the first look at “Treasure Island”-inspired action series “Black Sails” from executive producer Michael Bay, and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a Starz/Bay collaboration.
Set to premiere in 2014, the eight-episode series is the latest in Starz’s brand of racy historical adventures including the recently concluded “Spartacus” and the recently launched “Da Vinci’s Demons.”
Set twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island,” the series centers on brilliant and feared pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens, who played the villain in “Die Another Day”), who accepts fast talking young man John Silver (Australian TV veteran Luke Arnold) onto his crew.
“Black Sails” was created by showrunner and executive producer Jon Steinberg (the of creator “Jericho” and “Human Target”) and co-executive producer Robert Levine (“Touch”).
The series is currently filming in Cape Town, South Africa, and also stars Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), Hannah New (“Maleficent”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“The Secret Circle”) and Clara Paget (“Fast and Furious 6″).