I’ve been mixed on about what to think about Black Sails. So when another pirate-themed show was set to debut, I was intrigued. John Malkovich stars as Blackbeard… er… Greybeard? John Malkovich is his usual crazy, charismatic self, but the rest of the cast does not do much in the trailer. I also cannot seem to get over the really bad cover of “Born to be Wild” that plays throughout. So Blackbeard was born to be wild. I’m not enthralled yet by the concept, but it is worth a look.
More info about the show after the jump.
It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of Santa Campana, the ﬁrst functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (John Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown and part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on Earth – and a mounting threat to international commerce.
Teach/Blackbeard has set his sights on the world’s first longitude chronometer, a device that will change society, sea-trade and global business. In a massive attack on an English vessel, Blackbeard attempts to steal the device; however, Tom Lowe, an English spy working undercover as the ship’s surgeon, destroys the chronometer before it can fall into his hands. Taken as prisoner to Santa Campana Island, Lowe must find a way to reassemble the precious device, all while trying to unfold Blackbeard’s plan… a plan that includes a threat to the English throne even worse than pirates.
From the award-winning creator of “Luther,” Neil Cross, and award-winning executive producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” “Men in Black”) comes an extraordinary action adventure with an unexpected moral center where one can’t be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains. One-hour drama.