Employing the same tactic they employed with such series as Sparticus and Boss, Starz has handed an early renewal to their pirate drama series Black Sails. The network has renewed the skein for a 10 episode second season, this several months before the series is set to premiere in early 2014. Production on the second season of Black Sails is set to commence on location in Cape Town, South Africa, this November.
Created by Jonathan Steinberg, Black Sails is set 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island and tells the story of Captain Flint and his men. 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. The drama series is being produced by Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes and stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Ryan, Clara Paget and Tom Hopper. The executive producers are Michael Bay, Jonathan Steinberg, Robert Levine, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.
“Michael Bay, Jon Steinberg and their teams delivered a spectacular first season of ‘Black Sails,’ and we are incredibly proud of everyone’s work,” said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz. “Based on the strong fan response to the preview screening at last week’s Comicon, we felt an early order for a second season would allow the writers, cast and crew enough time and space to continue crafting such unique and epic storytelling.”
Creator and Executive Producer Jon Steinberg commented: “We are thrilled to be receiving such an exciting vote of confidence from everyone at Starz and for the opportunity to carry the ‘Black Sails’ adventure into Season Two without missing a beat. We couldn’t ask for better partners in bringing our pirate world to life.”
While Executive Prodcer Michael Bay added: “We’ve had a fantastic experience working with Chris Albrecht and Jon Steinberg. Brad, Andrew and I look forward to continuing our partnership with Starz on future episodes for this extraordinary show.”