Neil Marshall Unfurls Black Sails

He'll direct the pirate pilot

Given how masterfully he pulled off both aquatic and land-based action in his last telly job – Game Of Thrones’ Blackwater episode – news that Neil Marshall is being given an entire pirate world to play with should be considered very good indeed.

The man behind Dog Soldiers and The Descent has now been set to tackle the pilot for US network Starz’ new pirate drama series, Black Sails.

Created by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, the eight-episode series is set 20 years before the events of Treasure Island and will follow the adventures of Captain Flint and his buccaneer crew.

Given that it’s the pilot and will launch the look and feel of the series, we’re crossing our fingers that Marshall will get all the doubloons available to make it look spectacular. The show is currently in pre-production dry dock in South Africa’s Cape Town, where it’ll shoot for a 2014 air date.

But this does not mean that Marshall has taken his eye off the big screen either. He’s signed on to take over The Last Voyage Of Demeter and is also developing horror thrillers Underground, Burst and Hellfest.