Starz has released a behind the scenes featurette for their Michael Bay-produced pirate series Black Sails. The story focuses on the adventures of Captain Flint and his men, and it takes place twenty years before Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. It's about time we get a TV series about pirates, and this one looks like it's going to be pretty fantastic!
Flint (Toby Stephens), 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 (Luke Arnold). 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.
The series also stars Zach McGowan (Shameless) as rival Captain Charles Vane; Toby Schmitz as Rackham, Vane’s right hand; Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, a determined young woman who runs the smuggling operation on New Providence; Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max, a tortured young prostitute who sees the dark side of New Providence; Clara Paget as the beautiful but cold-blooded Anne Bonny and Tom Hopper (Merlin) as Billy Bones, boatswain of Flint’s ship.
The series will debut with an eight-episode season in January of 2014! I've also included a trailer for it as well.