Starz has renewed their hit pirate drama Black Sails for a fourth season, the network announced during their executive panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. Ten episodes have been ordered for season four which is expected to debut in 2017.
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, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, and his men. The drama series stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Ryan, Clara Paget and Tom Hopper.
With the fourth season pick up Black Sails officially becomes Starz’s longest running original drama series. Previously, scripted dramas have run a maximum of three years, with both Spartacus and Da Vinci’s Demons bowing out after their respective third seasons. The fourth season of Black Sails will enter production in South Africa this Fall for an early 2017 premiere on Starz. The series airs on Amazon Prime and History in the UK.
Starz topper Chris Albrecht also made a number of other announcements during the network’s executive panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour:
– The network is adding a Cuban detective drama titled Havana Quartet to their development slate. The project, from eOne, is based on the book series by Leonardo Padura and followshard-drinking, romantic Cuban Police Detective Mario Conde who longs to be a writer but settled for a job as a detective. Eduardo Machado is penning the script for the pilot and will executive produce alongside Peter Nadermann. Antonio Banderas is attached to star and will also serve as an EP.
– Taking a page out of Netlfix’s (and most recently NBC’s) book, Starz has announced that they will make every episode of Flesh & Bones and the third season of Da Vinci’s Demons available to stream on Starz’s on-demand platforms after each series debuts their linear runs on the network on October 24th and November 8th, respectively.