Wednesday, May 16, 2012

NEWS: NBC's Crossbones

Those people who do the Ren Fest wrong by turning up dressed in buccaneer's attire will be pleased to learn NBC is developing a new pirate-themed TV show, Crossbones.

The ten-part drama is based upon 2007's Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Man who Brought them Down, penned by Colin Woodward. With Luther creator Neil Cross at the helm and the Dreamworks power-couple of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing, Crossbones certainly has some weight behind it.

Anyway, here's the official synopsis:

It's 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth - and a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the buccaneers' haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can't help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds - and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard's rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness - a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.

Those expecting Pirates of the Caribbean: The TV Show may be in for a shock, though, as Woodward's heavily-researched historical novel is much more about the politics of the freebooters than it is about curses and Keith Richards impressions.

Crossbones is scheduled to air next year.

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