Last month, Starz gave us a look at their upcoming new series Black Sails with the pirate drama's first trailer, and today, not only do we get an excellent new poster, but also a premiere date. Well, a premiere month, anyway. It looks like Michael Bay's Black Sails will fill Spartacus' shoes (or sandals, technically) in debuting in January, which was typically when the gladiator series premiered.
The final season of Spartacus gave us a small taste of the pirate life, but come 2014, Starz will be delivering a full drama dedicated to the sea-traveling treasure hunters. The first railer for Black Sails gives us a sampling of the adventure that awaits in Michael Bay's anticipated new series. As you might imagine, it includes sails, sex and swordplay, among other things.
Starzís upcoming new high seas adventure has cast its leading man. British actor Toby Stephens, who most recently appeared in the BBC series Vexed, has been tapped for the role of Captain Flint. Heís the feared and infamous pirate in Black Sails, the new series taking place two decades before the story told in the classic book Treasure Island.
Back in May we told you about Black Sails, a pirate series being exec produced for Starz by the one, the only Michael Bay. Black Sails isn't just any old pirate series, mind you; it's a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island. Now Starz can add another big name to the project, announcing that director Neil Marshall (The Descent) will be helming the pilot episode.
Starz has already picked up the project Ė which is currently rolling with the title Black Sails - to series and has given the upcoming project an eight episode-order for its initial run. The first seasonís plot will fall twenty years before the events in Treasure Island, when a young lad named John Silver joins the crew of one of the mightiest, most fearsome ships of the day, run by a survivalist captain known as Flint.