Starz has taken the wraps off its plans for a new pirate drama series from the director of the "Transformers" movies. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that the pay-cable channel will debut “Black Sails,” from executive producer Michael Bay, Jan. 25.
The drama, a prequel to “Treasure Island,” stars Toby Stephens at Captain Flint, who takes on a young sailor named John Silver, played by Luke Arnold. The show is set two decades before the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel, and tracks the pirates’ efforts to keep their home, New Providence Island.
Starz is already moving forward with a second season, with production starting this month in South Africa, the piece adds.
Besides the "Transformers" film series, Bay is known for directing and producing "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor" and other major films.