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Michael Bay heads to the seas with new Starz series

May 3, 2012 | 12:48 pm

Michael Bay

Because bulky machines and mutant turtles aren't enough to occupy his time, Michael Bay is adding some TV work to his load with a series on Starz.

The premium cable channel has ordered straight to series "Black Sails" (working title). The eight-episode drama, in which the "Transformers" director will serve as one of the executive producers, is expected to air in 2014 and takes place 20 years before Robert Louis Stevenson's classic '"Treasure Island." The series will center on the exploits of Capt. Flint, one of the most feared pirates, and his swashbuckling crew. 

"I'm excited to branch out into television, especially doing a long-form series for Starz, a network known for supporting cutting-edge programming," said Bay, who is currently taking on a big-screen reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, in a statement.

"Black Sails," which is created by show runner and executive producer Jon Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”), is the latest project the network has added to its roster as it aims to compete with HBO and Showtime. Earlier this year, the network announced a series about 13th century explorer Marco Polo. It's recent launch, "Magic City," has brought in underwhelming numbers. 

Production on "Black Sails" is set to begin later this year in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Photo: Michael Bay attends the "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" premiere in Times Square in New York in 2011. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press