Starz Orders Treasure Island Prequel

The Starz network has ordered straight to series “Black Sails”, a Michael Bay-produced “Treasure Island” prequel reports The Live Feed

The eight-episode drama is set two decades before the events in the Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic and revolves around fast-talking pirate Flint and his new crewmember John Silver as they fight for survival on New Providence Island which is populated by pirates, prostitutes and thieves.

Jon Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”) created the drama and will serve as showrunner with the series scheduled to begin production later this year at Cape Town Studios in South Africa ahead of an air date in 2014.

Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will executive produce.