NBC is expected to unveil plans at its upfront presentation next week for a new drama series about pirates, targeted to launch in March 2013, Deadline.com reports.
The 10-episode series, “Republic of Pirates,” is reportedly being financed by Reliance, an Indian media firm that has traditionally been involved in feature films. Reliance, known as a backer of Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios, is looking to make a move into U.S. television, the story reports.
Deadline reports: “NBC is finalizing a deal for a straight-to-series order to the period drama, which will be produced by Georgeville Television, an independent TV studio formed recently by producer and former Heyday Films executive Marc Rosen (‘Harry Potter’), and Motion Picture Capital, the finance arm of Reliance Entertainment. GVTV, which has operated quietly for the past three months, has the capability to fully finance major network and cable scripted series, with ‘Republic Of Pirates’ being its first project.”
Neil Cross (“Luther”) is said to be close to a deal to write and executive produce with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The project is based on the Colin Woodard book “The Republic of Pirates.”