First Trailer For Starz’ Pirate Drama ‘Black Sails’

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Not long after the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film sailed its way into theaters, there emerged a question as to whether or not the call of the open sea and the promise of endless swashbuckling still held the tantalizing allure that they once did.

Now, thanks to Starz and producer Michael Bay, the premium cable network’s Black Sails hopes to answer that question with a resounding “Yes!”

Though it’s not scheduled to officially set sail until 2014, Starz just released a look at their upcoming pirate series to hopefully set it apart from NBC’s upcoming effort Crossbones, starring John Malkovich – and, possibly, to remind audiences that despite the fact that Spartacus recently came to an end, there are still plenty of like-minded programs in the works.

Read the official Black Sails summary below:

“The eight-episode first season of the pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) stars as 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.”

Starz Black Sails Teaser First Trailer For Starz Pirate Drama Black Sails

There’s loads of action (of all kinds) on display, in what amounts to a rather broad trailer that may not offer much in terms of specifics, but seems to have its sights set on attracting some of the Game of Thrones demographic. Furthering that notion is the fact that filmmaker Neil Marshall (The Descent) is onboard to direct the pilot. Marshall, as many of you may remember, was in the director’s chair for ‘Blackwater,’ the action-packed penultimate episode of Game of Thrones season 2.

Speaking of action-oriented directors, Black Sails will mark blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay’s first real foray into the television arena. Bay will serve as executive producer on the series alongside the series’ showrunner Jon Steinberg (Jericho, Human Target), and co-executive producer Robert Levine (Touch).

Starz had a strong debut with David S. Goyer’s Da Vinci’s Demons on the heels of the Spartacus series finale. That, along with this first look at Black Sails, is certainly a good indication of where the network’s original series seem to be headed.

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Black Sails is set to premiere on Starz in 2014

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  1. Saw this trailer when they aired the season finale of Spartacus. This show looks sick!!!

  2. Can not wait for this series….RRRAAAARRRRRR!!!

  3. Well, it definitely looks better than the crappy Treasure Island show that aired last year with Eddie Izzard as John Silver.

    • No It was not crappy.

      • Yep, it was. It was as terrible as Sinbad was.

        The Peter Pan prequel with Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans was far superior.

  4. Im not seeing a trailer, just Starz promo.

  5. 2014???? Jesus Christ that’s awhile, we’re not even half way into 2013 yet.

  6. Pirate porn? Pass…

    • Why? This could be the only appropriate time to use that “Rated Arrr” joke! And who wouldn’t wanna see a wench swash Silver’s buckle? He has to get that “Long John” name from somewhere, right?

      C’mon, give it a shot, even if we see hot women getting skull and boned on a weekly basis along with the drama.

  7. First I ruined 80′s cartoons, now watch as I, the great and awesome Michael Bay, ruin the pirate fad.

    Next, I will ruin zombies, all because of that HORRIBLE Walking Dead season 3 ending.

    Then, I will ruin vampires, but look on the bright side, no more glittering Twilight vampires :D

  8. I hope Starz doesn’t get stuck in the “ultra-violent period piece” mode. This looks interesting, but if they’re just going to keep churning things out to follow up Spartacus and compete with Game of Thrones I see it getting old quick.

    • I guess it depends.

      That kind of thing draws interest (it got mine), plus we’ve already seen violent or sexually charged shows for decades here, period piece or not (although one memory I can’t shake off is being 12 years old in 1996, watching a show called Our Friends In The North and the episode set in the 1960s featuring a very vigorous sex scene with Gina McKee topless and on top).

  9. This looked like fun from the trailer–maybe–but why do they have to always have a gay element in everything? There are still a few of us who are straight left out here, you know. I *might* give it a glance….

    • So this was the generic homophobic post for this article then?

      Ok…

      • Well statistically an extremely small amount of the USA population is gay so he has a point. Homosexuality is a theme played out on LOTS of tv shows right now. In fact I’d be hard pressed to think of something that doesn’t have a gay character. The walking dead for sure. This phenomenon ranges between ABC Family all the way to HBO or Starz. No I don’t care what people do in their private lives and I totally support a persons right to love anyone they wish and live their life how they wish, I mean I was a big fan of Nasir and Agron from Spartacus even though I am straight but I think Goldilocks was just making an observation, one that I have made as well over the years. BACK to the show….It looks awesome too bad its not coming out sooner!

        • Maybe that “extremely small amount” is actually in the closet out of fear due to the rednecks in your country that hate anything that goes against the word of a book of fiction?

          Wouldn’t blame them.

          I’m also very much heterosexual but I found the final two words in your post hilarious due to the topic of discussion earlier in it.

          • Maybe you should exercise some of the acceptance and tolerance that you seem to be advocating and perhaps not insult those who have a respect and a belief in this “work of fiction” that you flippantly mention? I don’t disagree with your general sentiment regarding the representation of the variety of people who make up our society, but just something to think about there.

          • hes talking about the simple fact that its everything gay here gay there gay puttinng this crap in everything to please 3.01% of the population not 10% to get everyone except it as normal everyday thing or rather indocturnate the entire population to basically not shame anyone for improper behavior that only exist in an artifiscial construct of reailty allowed by society for the sole purpose of not making fags feel bad shows like this are usually really good the story gets lost in the intanglement of trying to be poltically correct which ruins the story. this is a tv show an escape from reality not put crap from reality in it to make minoritys feel better

            • I think you are mistakenly assuming that only gay people want to see gay characters. A few points:

              1) Women really dig hot men making out with each other. True fact. Dudes dig lesbians, chicks dig gay men. Deal with it.

              2) Does anyone say “faggot” anymore? It seems really 1983-ish to me. Kind of passe. Find something new to say.

              3) Of course there have been gay men / lesbians since the dawn of time. Pirate ships were no exception.

    • So, because you’re not personally into guys who dig guys, the rest of us shouldn’t be allowed to have a show with same-sex male relationships? Its a big world, and you’re not the only one whose interests matter. I’m not all that into seeing naked breasts and women making out with each other, but I’m not one to complain about what other people are into. Try being a little less self-centered and accept that other people dig different things.

  10. hmmm this looks interesting but not sure if its good enough to fill my spartacus void since spartacus just ended and michael bay is behind it i wonder how he is gonna ruin this one hmmmmm

    • Thing is, Bay can’t ruin it unless he’s a hands-on producer.

      He may be like Jed Whedon and Sam Raimi were for Spartacus, just putting his money into the production with no creative input whatsoever.

  11. bring it on this looks decent swushbucler in comprison to campy crap Pirates of the carribean franchise.
    This needts to show how the ral world of pirates was unlike Jack Scecrow,This is period peice about mans safering dundions poverty and the Royal Kingdom thathad occupied those isolated Iland of New Providenc , Jamaica, Vuba, Tortuga, were thre was no law no rules only free man can live and do waht it pleases, no boderies, no controlleover his morals.
    I hope Michael Bay is succesfull and do this on the Big Screen to out do POTC Franchise.

    Paramount need to get their hand on their Masterpiece that is written by maestro Gladiator David Frazzoni, to bring the badass pirate to the Silver screen “Blackbeard”.Barry Josephsom need to pussh or stanbu his other project on the table and bring out sooner them later the Blackbeard Franchise, unlike Disney Crap POTHC$ were they show Blackbeard as a goon lost case scenario.
    Blackbeard need to sail New Providance.
    Arhhhhh

    • I have no idea what most of your post says but dammit man, I agree with a big budget movie that isn’t aimed at the kids. Especially since we’re gonna get Biblical movies again.

  12. It looks interesting and all but I will not hold onto hope after the mess of Da Vinci’s Demons. Yes, the pilot got strong ratings but mostly because it was right after the finale of Spartacus and people wanted to see if it would live up to the hype and it failed.

  13. Did anyone else see Daniel Tosh in the trailer?

  14. I saw the first half of the premiere and turned it off. I am an avid fan of Assassin’s Creed IV and thought this would be great but as a heterosexual female viewer, I really just don’t want the lesbian sex scenes shoved in my face. Call me a prude, whatever, but the fact is I’d rather not watch it, mainly because it’s soft porn and it detracts from the story. There was some lesbian leanings in Dracula and I loved that show but black sails is just too sudden and in your face about it. I’d rather it be a subtle, build up to a scene, whatever. If I wanted to watch porn I’d go do that separate from a show and sorry, my preference isn’t gay porn. Disappointing because for me it ruins what could have been an amazing show.

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