Neil Marshall Hoists “Black Sails”

“The Descent” and “Doomsday” helmer Neil Marshall is set to direct the pilot episode of Starz’s upcoming eight-episode pirate drama series “Black Sails” says Deadline.

Michael Bay serves as executive producer on this prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” set two decades before events in that novel. This series chronicles the adventures of fabled buccaneer Captain Flint and his men.

Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine created the show which is currently in pre-production in Cape Town, South Africa. A first-quarter 2014 airing is expected, the show likely to take over the slot left by the departing “Spartacus”.

Despite being called in at the last minute, Marshall scored much acclaim for his work directing the pivotal big-budget “Blackwater” episode of HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” this past season. He remains attached to direct the long-gestating “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” at Phoenix Pictures and Millennium.