Michael Bay’s Black Sails has been renewed before it’s even aired.
Love him or hate him, Michael Bay is a director with serious power behind him. Even though his work is often trashed by both fans and critics for being immature, sexist, racist, etc., the Transformers director has some clout.
Apparently Starz wants to make sure Michael Bay has the time he needs, and so the show about pirates, Black Sails, is being renewed for a second season before the first season has even been seen on TV. That’s a lot of faith surrounding the man who brought us Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. Perhaps Starz knows that the latter was a rush job and decided to make sure that isn’t the reason behind Black Sails’ second season not being as good as it can be.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht stated, “These shows are massive undertakings and us making the decision now gives the executive producers [Michael Bay and Jon Steinberg] all the time they need to prepare to shoot the second season.”
Black Sails is a pirate drama about Captain Flint, a pirate in the universe of Treasure Island, 20 years before the classic novel. Michael Bay has a lot riding on this project if he wants it to retain the classical feel of the original story.
Michael Bay’s Black Sails isn’t the only TV show Starz has on the agenda, as the BBC miniseries Dancing On The Edge, 50 Cent’s Power, Outlander, Fortitude, and the second season of Da Vinci’s Demons are also on the horizon. There is also expected to be an eventual release of Incursion, a sci-fi military drama from Stephen DeKnight (Spartacus), which has been in development for about a year.
Starz has a lot riding on Michael Bay’s Black Sails, so it’s probably a good thing that they are giving him as much time as possible to get the second season done.
Do you think it’s a mistake to give Michael Bay’s Black Sails the go-ahead for a second season before the show has even been seen?