How many pirates does it take to screw in a light bulb? We may soon find out. Pirates seem to be the next big thing…again. I brought you the news when the upcoming Starz series called Black Sails Zach McGowan and Luke Arnold. Today we learned that House star, Hugh Laurie also wants to be a pirate, but for NBC.
The action-adventure drama is called Crossbones and THR says it will be a 10-episode program based upon Colin Woodard’s book set in 1700s, called The Republic of Pirates.
Black Sails on the other hand, is set 20 years before the events depicted in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island.
While those two bits of literature may seem different, both the Starz series and the NBC mini-series will revolve around the Bahamian island of New Providence.
Crossbones happens in the year 1715. New Providence is the first functioning democracy in the Americas, but it is also a place where the pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, in in charge. But pirates are a constant threat to burgeoning commerce so a conflict is fast at hand. The powers that be hire the assassin Tom Lowe to murder Blackbeard, but as is the threat with any undercover work, Lowe starts to like the world he is sent in to infiltrate.
Neil Cross will write and executive produce Crossbones. He created the dynamite British series, Luthor. Husband-and-wife team Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald from The Kite Runner success will assist.
Hugh Laurie earned six Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe wins as Dr. Gregory House. And just which pirate role will he take for Crossbones? It seems his is quite easily the biggest part. He’ll be Blackbeard himself! That’s rather exciting!
Laurie was last attached to the new Robocop, but he backed out in late August.