The key art for Starz' "Black Sails" is so cool. (Starz )
May 07, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye
It doesn't look as if Starz' upcoming pirate drama "Black Sails" is going the cheesy route.
The network today revealed an ominous looking--and extremely cool--official key art for the Michael Bay series, which is set to premiere its eight-episode first season in January 2014. It shows a man's head and arms emerging from a dark background that make it appear to be a skull and crossbones ala a pirate's flag. Starz also released a new video teaser for the series with the words, "Rise up, and take what's yours" (see below).
Nope, no "Ahoy, mateys" in this tale.
The network previously released a trailer that shows some of the action from the series, which is a prequel of sorts to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island." It takes place 20 years before the events of that tale, centering on Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) as he takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew: John Silver (Luke Arnold).
"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," says a Starz release.
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.
"Black Sails" is executive produced by Michael Bay ("Transformers") and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, producers on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (2003) and "Nightmare on Elm Street" (2009). The series was created by showrunner and executive producer Jon Steinberg (creator "Jericho," "Human Target") and co-executive producer Robert Levine ("Touch"). It is currently filming in Cape Town, South Africa.