Starz's Black Sails - Extended Featurette & Building The Behemoth
Reported by Outsiders - 2013.12.26
If you're expecting peg-legs, eye-patches and parrots, you'll be sorely disappointed. "Black Sails," Starz's upcoming pirate-themed drama from producer Michael Bay, is taking piracy seriously -- and no, we're not talking about the act of illegal downloading.
In the new extended, 9-minute-long "inside look" at the eight-part series, we learn the show's producers are taking the fictional pirates from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic book "Treasure Island" and having them consort with real historical figures -- in a real historically-accurate setting: Bahamas islands, circa 1715.
The show also traces the actual history of piracy; a period of time in which these sailing mercenaries were hired by the British to savagely impede the Spanish navy, but later deemed outlaws due to their attempt to create their own kingdom by taking control of one of the islands in the British-ruled Bahamas. And that's where the new drama comes in: where Captain Flint (played by Toby Stephens) is trying to unite his buccaneering cohorts so they can carve out their own slice of empirical power.
The highly anticipated pirate adventure, Black Sails, 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.
Black Sails stars Toby Stephens, Clara Paget, Zach McGowan, Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Mark Ryan, Tom Hopper