'Black Sails' to Debut on YouTube Ahead of Premiere
One week ahead of its premiere on Starz, Michael Bay’s historic drama ‘Black Sails’ will debut on YouTube on Jan. 18 in the United States.
Starz has joined up in a deal with Machinima, a Multi Channel network that specializies in gaming and entertainment media. They have already distributed promotional materials surrounding ‘Black Sails,’ including videos and trailers, and will release the premiere on its YouTube channel.
It’s all part of a continued onslaught of teases and offerings by the show that includes digital partnerships with Maxim, Xbox Video, iTunes Podcasts, and Amazon Instant Video. Starz seeks not only the young male demographic, but is appealing to female and global audiences, stressing elements of conflict, romance, intrigue, fantasy, and history.
‘Black Sails’ is an adventure series produced by Bay that takes place 20 years prior to ‘Treasure Island,’ the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, a book from which such notions of buried treasure, one-legged pirates, parrot companions, and valiant swashbucklers were derived.
‘Black Sails’ follows the exploits of Captain Flint, who will be played by Toby Stephens, an actor probably best known for his role as the villain in the James Bond film ‘Die Another Day.’ He and his crew will fight and survive amid as they hole up on New Providence Island where, among others, he meets a young John Silver (Luke Arnold).
In typical Bay fashion, the series looks packed with blood and explosions and other extravaganza (sex, to be sure). Jonathan Steinberg is the showrunner for the series, which will feature eight episodes in its inaugural season, having previously created ‘Human Target’ and ‘Jericho.’
‘Black Sails’ debuts online Jan. 18, and will premiere on Starz on Jan. 25 at 9/8c. You can watch the series trailer below.