The breakout new Starz show “Black Sails” has finished shooting season and is coming to Starz in January of 2015.
Last Friday was “Talk Like A Pirate” day, and the cast and crew had some fun online poking fun at how the perception of pirates differed from the reality.
When White Castle tweeted, “Why just talk like a pirate when you can eat like one, too? Sliderrrrrs.
#TalkLikeAPirateDay ” Black Sails responded, ” @WhiteCastle Eat like a pirate? I’m guessing your sliders are not made of ship rats like ours are.
#TalkLikeAPirate #BlackSails ” You can follow this link to see all the tweets, and there are several,
The eight-episode first season of “Black Sails” centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place twenty years before the events “Treasure Island,” which the show, if it goes on long enough, will eventually get into.
The show is a blend of the ficitional univese of “Treasure Island” and real historical pirates and locations.
“Black Sails” is executive produced (thankfully not directed) by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes Partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.
The series was created by showrunner and executive producer Jonathan Steinberg, and co-executive producer Robert Levine Production began on the 10-episode second season at Cape Town Studios in Cape Town, South Africa in November.
Starz was quick to give the series the green light for Season 2, renewing it long before the first season even debuted.
Which is good, because season 1 ended on a pretty big cliff hanger.
Season 1 came out in January, so it is resonable to expect season 2 to come out about the saem time.
“Black Sails” explores the “golden age of piracy,” and combines real-life pirates like Charles Vane with fictional legends Captain Flint and John Silver.
Somewhere between those two elements of the pirate history, the TV series carves out its own world, which is described as.
“You realize very quickly when you start trying to prep this show why no one’s done it before,” co-creator Jonathan Steinberg Steinberg says .
“We reread the book before we really committed to this angle of the story,” Steinberg says.
“I don’t remember as a kid appreciated how clearly unreliable [Long John Silver] is intended to be.
That everything is self-serving that comes out of his mouth.” He continues, “If the show lives a long and healthy life ..
that that end will plug into the book in some meaningful way,” adding that he hopes “Black Sails” will “recontextualize the negative space in the world.” As for future seasons, Steinberg hedges that he will keep the show going “as long as there’s a story to tell.” Hakeem Kae-Kazim sat down with tvwise.uk to talk about what is in store for season 2.
Scott [his character] was a former slave who has somewhat risen in stature.
Along with his former slave owner, they fence the goods from the pirates.
Scott basically helps him run this fencing operation.
“I did a lot of research actually.
All the characters are based on people that existed at that particular time.
The research I did was to see what it was like to be an African during that period and what black pirates did.
I found that forty to fifty percent of the pirates at that particular time were of African origin.
Many of them were former slaves who escaped or were on ships that were raided by pirates.
They were all outcasts, so being a pirate…
it didn’t matter what color you were.
The most important thing was your ability, because everybody had to defend the ships in battle.
The more able you were, the better position you had.
The pirate life was very much a democracy in the true sense of the word.
The captains were voted in and out.” “I based my character on someone named Black Caesar.
He was an amazing guy and a former chief in one of the West African countries.
A slave ship had come into his village and tricked about one hundred of his men on to their ship.
While on the ship, they showed them trinkets and fed them, while that was going on, the anchor was pulled up and the ship sailed away.
His men fought a valiant battle, but were eventually subdued.
He refused to eat during that journey, but for some reason there was one gentleman that did feed him.
As the ship was coming toward the Florida Keys, there was a massive storm.
This one sailor came down and with Black Caesar, they were the only ones as far as I know who survived after the ship sank.
He became a pirate with this guy and the two of them using a long boat would pretend they were shipwrecked sailors and eventually board the boat and take it over.
He became a prolific pirate all up and down the Florida Keys.
They became very well respected and feared.
Black Caesar and the sailor who survived with him after the ship wreck had a falling out over a woman and eventually Black Caesar killed him.
The story goes that he actually worked alongside Blackbeard and was one of his chief lieutenants.
He was actually captured by the British during Blackbeard’s last stand and was about to blow up the ship as ordered by Blackbeard.
He was subdued and hanged by the British.
He was a fascinating character and I did a lot of research on Africans and pirates around that time period.” “The beautiful thing about this series is that the attention to detail has been magnificent.
We have great writers in Robert Levin and John Steinberg, who have done a fantastic job with the dialogue.
The detail in terms of the set and in terms of where we are filming, they are taking doing a fantastic job.
When you walk on set, you are there on a pirate ship; you are in the town, because they’ve completely replicated it.
Other than the obvious hardships of filming on any film set, no, this has been a really interesting journey.” “I know where he [his character] is going because we’ve already shot season two.
[Laughs] As far as season three goes, I hope to continue his journey to see him become who I envision him to be.
I see him becoming this man who has a great sense of himself.” Hannah New ‘ also did interviews about her character Eleanor Guthrie and her on show lesbian releationship Jessica Parker Kennedy’s Max.
New is quick to defend the girl-on-girl sex scenes in the Starz drama.
“It’s really interesting because it’s a world where sexuality and boundaries have been completely broken down,” she says.
Steinberg adds, “It was really important to us that if we were going to explore this world that gender had to have to be a part of that beyond the stock wenches.” The sexual politics of the world of “Black Sails” will play a much bigger role in Season 2.
“Whole stories are wrapped up in the very minute details of sexual [relationships],” Steinberg teases.
Hannah New will be joining the cast of ‘Black Sails’ for its Season 2, and she recently shared some details about her character with Collider.
New’s character is set to be the “woman in charge.” However, Hanna New says that the role is “fun,” considering that she’s going to play character that will be a “formidable force” on the show.
“The stakes are always so high in the show.
Everything she deals with either has the threat of violence or the threat of her business going under.
She has so much to deal with, and she can’t deal with it lightly.
She has to go in heavy-handed, and that’s a very fun way to deal with situations.
Sometimes I wish I could do the same,” she said of her character, Eleanor.
“Being a visionary and having an ideal that goes beyond her own personal desires or emotions means that she constantly has to subjugate her own desires, in order to fulfill this much bigger ambition that she has.
That’s a constant trial.
I think she’s constantly internally battling with that,” she said.
News.com.Au also had a chance to talk with Luke Arnold , who plays Nate Silver on the show.
“It was just hours every day in the gym and then fight training, so full on.
I never really went to the gym before,” he told TV Guide, “it’s not something I put too much time into so it was a baptism of fire for me.
“Then we have to keep all that up all the way through shooting because you can go from doing four pages of dialogue in the morning, to then climbing up the side of a ship more than a few times in the afternoon.” “It really never was the focus too much for either the production or us to get the six pack and look good with our shirt off but it was much more about being the kind of functional warriors we had to be at the time.
Then we all realised after season one we all kind of got too in shape, it almost went a bit beyond the reality of the world.” “The Long John Silver in the book is definitely described as a weighty, jolly guy, so it’s nice starting here, knowing if the show gets to go for a few seasons I might get to feed on a few pizzas and spaghetti dinners across the years,” he joked.
“He’s not the biggest guy in the world, not the toughest guy but most of the time he considers himself the smartest guy in the room,” Arnold said.
“He’s just worried about keeping his head off the chopping block and hopefully keeping some kind of gold in his pockets, so he’s a really fun character to play.” “If it goes ahead, I have to be a part of it.
Season two was a step up again.
Everything we did was ten times what we got to do in the first season.
We’re really playing a long game with this, as far as slowly building up the characters and the mystery in this world but the pay-offs are coming more and more.” The Sydney Morning Harold also had time to talk to Luke Arnold, who told them, “I’m really looking forward to one day playing a role that doesn’t have a lot of expectation on it before I start,” Arnold laughed.
“But it’s so worth it [to take on a tough role] because even though Long John Silver is one of the great literary characters, we’ve never had the chance to see his origin story on screen,” Arnold said.
“And the fun thing with Silver is that in Treasure Island we only hear that back story through Silver himself and we know he is not the most reliable source of information.
“So it’s kind of fun knowing we can take a bit more licence with his back story than we could with someone like Michael [Hutchence].
“We know where he ends up, but here we can give our own version of how he got there.” “When we pick him up [in Black Sails], he’s not a pirate, he doesn’t really have any interest in being a pirate, he’s just someone living by his wits, trying to get his part of the big score and move on,” Arnold said.
“It’s been interesting getting those links together to take us from that Silver we first see to the one we know from the book.” “We’re kind of doing the anti-pirate show,” he said of Black Sails.
“It’s not Pirates of the Caribbean or that old Errol Flynn stuff we’d seen before…
we’re almost – and this is a bit of a risk – undoing a bit of the fantasy about pirates.
“Right from the first episode it does start out like that idealised swashbuckling world, too good to be true, but by the end you realise the cost of living this life.” “The whole of season one takes place in a couple of weeks of Silver’s life, but already you can see the relationship between Silver and Flint building,” Arnold said.
“To me one of the things I find most interesting is that Flint was always really the smartest guy in this pirate world…
before Silver rocked up.
“Now suddenly as Silver starts to understand this world and the two start to understand each other, they both realise they’re either going to be each other’s greatest ally or great enemy.
And that changes back and forth many times, which makes, of course, for great drama.
“Yeah, it is the dream role really,” he said.
“If you’re going to wake up every day at some ungodly hour and go to set then this is the kind of thing you want to be doing.” “After Michael Hutchence and Long John Silver it’s kind of tough to know what the next dream role would be,” Arnold said.
Luke Arnold did another inteview with Popsugar , and had the following things to say about the advantages of playing a pirate, “I think it’s that you’re allowed to be a pirate in real-life, a little bit.
You kind of get an excuse, and almost an expectation, to be a little rowdier, maybe a little drunker, in day-to-day life.
So yeah, I think that’s that.
“The writers on the show are really fantastic, and also really going for poetry a lot.
They’re really writing some amazing stuff, and I think that’s what you wait for; occasionally you just get these speeches that are beautiful to say, and you can really sink your teeth into.
And at the same time I love a big action scene where I’ve got nothing to say, and just stuff to do.
I don’t know which I like more, but it’s nice to be on a show where you get both.
One day I’ll just be running up and down a ship that’s blowing up, and the next day you get a five-page monologue.” “This is one of the biggest television shows ever made, and while there’s a lot of visual effects, we have the real ships and the real towns, and we blow up a lot of stuff.
So it’s amazing.
And what’s fun – we’ve done two seasons of Black Sails – is you still never get used to walking onto a new set.
Or when you bring in someone else to check out the set for the first time, it’s a nice reminder where you’re like, ‘Oh that’s right, this is amazing.’ It’s just a huge playground we get to play with on the show.” “There’s a lot going on, and I do think the first half of season one is really setting the stage in a lot of ways.
Even though the pirate story has been around for ages, because we’re doing a grittier, more real, historically-accurate version, there is a lot of setting the scene, and establishing what this world really is.
But for John Silver, well I’m the one who’s not a pirate.
I’m the one guy, when we begin the show, that isn’t invested in this pirate world.
Everyone else, it’s high stakes, they’re really serious and they’ve got big plans, and for Silver, he just wants to get his handful of gold, and then head off to the next place.
I think he realises that it’s a pretty dumb career choice, if you can avoid becoming a pirate.
It’s dangerous; it kind of sucks, really! It’s not a fun life.
So I think the kind of lightness that John has at the beginning comes from that, that he’s not invested in this world and he’s breezing through.” “Black Sails” season 2 has finished filming and is expected in January of 2015.
Check back for more information as we get closer to the release date.