Friday, July 26, 2013

Starz Renews 'Black Sails' for Season 2

        Friday, July 26 - Starz has announced an early second season renewal for pirate drama Black Sails which makes its debut on the network in January 2014. The announcement was made during the network's executive session at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.

        The eight episode first season follows Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men twenty years before the story of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island takes place. Described as a brilliant and feared pirate captain, Flint takes on a fast-talking addition to his crew, John Silver (Luke Arnold). They fight for the survival of New Providence Island, an infamous criminal haven teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by ideals and brutality.
         The series was created by Jonathan Steinberg and season two executive producer Robert Levine. Michael Bay executive produces the drama. Production on a second season of 10 episodes will begin in November 2013 in South Africa.
        "Michael Bay, Jon Steinberg and their teams delivered a spectacular first season of Black Sails and we are incredibly proud of everyone's work," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. "Based on the strong fan response to the preview screening at last week's Comic-Con, 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."
        "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," states series creator Jon Steinberg. "We couldn't ask for better partners in bringing our pirate world to life."