NBC Picks Up Pirate Series, Crossbones

CrossbonesIt’s a pirate’s life for NBC as the network’s officially announced they’ve picked up Crossbones, a swashbuckling action adventure tale set in the golden age of pirates. Neil Cross (creator of Luther) and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Gladiator, Men in Black) are the driving forces behind Crossbones, a series described as having “an unexpected moral center where one can’t be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains.”

NBC has ordered 10 episodes with production expected to begin this fall.

The Plot:

It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka 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 pirates’ 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.

Source: NBC