Starz has ordered eight episodes of Michael Bay's tentatively titled pirate drama, Black Sails. The story is set twenty years before the events of Treasure Island, and will follow the notorious Captain Flint and his crew, including a new recruit by the name of John Silver. Deadline writes, "Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day — a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by its enlightened ideals and stunning brutality."
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht is quoted as saying, “Starz is excited to be working with a visionary like Michael. Along with the high-octane action that is a hallmark of a Michael Bay production, it has the elements that Starz originals are striving to bring to the premium landscape: epic, larger-than-life, cinematic storytelling. The series is also a property we believe will appeal to the global content marketplace with broadcasters around the world.” Bay noted,“I’m excited to branch out into television, especially doing a long-form series for Starz, a network known for supporting cutting-edge programming.” Bay will be executive producing the series, with Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine (Jericho, Human Target) as his showrunners.
Although it's not mentioned, I'm sure there will also be plenty of that other Starz trademark: lots of sex and violence.