If you, like me, watched Starz’s Michael Bay produced pirate series, Black Sails, and thought, “Man, if only this show was, you know, good,” then do I have a treat for you today. The words “John Malkovich is Blackbeard” would already have been enough to get me quite interested in Crossbones, a new pirate show from NBC, but to sweeten the pot even further, the show has been created by Neil Cross, the man behind Idris Elba’s incredible award winning drama, Luther.
That’s an incredible collaboration, and one that appears to have lived up to its hype, if this first trailer for the show is to be believed. There are great visuals, intriguing mystery, some unexpected violence and even a little sexiness on display here, but the main drawcard is Malkovich, who appears to be in apex predator mode here, just chewing all the scenery and picking his teeth clean with his co-stars. Check out the trailer below.
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 (Richard Coyle), 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.
Crossbones premiers on NBC on May 30, 2014, and will hopefully see our local small screen not too long thereafter.
Last Updated: April 25, 2014