I do love a good pirate show. Swarthy blokes in flowy period outfits, all beards and big hats, swinging on ropes, snatching you up, tying you to the mast – it’s all too sexy. Well shiver me timbers, it looks as if John Malkovich is coming to network TV later this month as Blackbeard the Pirate in Crossbones.
From Coming Soon:
Arriving from Luther creator Neil Cross, Crossbones takes place in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas. There, the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on earth – and a mounting threat to international commerce.
To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds – and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard’s rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness – a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.
Watch the trailer below. Crossbones premieres Friday, May 30th.
Perfect timing, as I’ve been on a bit of a pirate kick lately, DVRing lots of old movies on TCM. The Black Swan (with Tyrone Power), Captain Blood (with Errol Flynn), Pirates of the High Sea (Buster Crabbe – MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE), Prince of Pirates (the swoony John Derek), Captain Kidd… I just love them. Maybe it’s because I never watched them as a kid (I was too girly), but it’s like discovering a whole new world for me. Frankly, I can’t wait!