Swashbuckling Black Sails makes a splash

Black Sails makes a splashBig-budget pirate series ‘Black Sails’ was shot at the Cape Town Film Studios. Photo: Starz

 

27 January 2014

Black Sails, the new pirate adventure series from executive producer Michael Bay (Pearl Harbour, Armageddon), premiered on US television on 25 January.

The big budget series was written by Jonathan Steinberg as a prequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson children’s classic Treasure Island. Set in the Caribbean in 1715, Black Sails tells a gritty tale in a world that has the trappings of civilization but few of its rules.

The eight-episode first season was shot at the Cape Town Film Studios – where filming of the second season is already under way.

The set in Cape Town is, the Los Angeles Times says, a “massive backlot that contains a beach, a water tank with a life-size replica of an actual pirate ship and a fully functioning pirate town that stands in for the remote Bahamas outpost of New Providence Island”.