June 01, 2012

NBC picks up series based on Republic of Pirates

Regular readers of my personal blog may recall that my third book, The Republic of Pirates, has been in development as a potential NBC television drama, produced by Parkes / MacDonald (Gladiator, Men In Black).

Last month, NBC announced it is adding the drama -- now titled Crossbones -- to next year's schedule. Deadline reported the straight-to-series order will be written by Neil Cross of BBC's Luther fame, with an initial run of ten episodes.

NBC has posted a description of the show at their website, along with some preliminary art. (Tagline: "The True Legend of Blackbeard").

As fans of the book know, Republic of Pirates tells the true story of the greatest pirate gang of all time, the golden age pirates who operated out of the Bahamas between 1715 and 1720 and are responsible for nine-tenths of all of our pirate pop culture imagery. The gang -- which included Blackbeard, Sam Bellamy, Charles Vane, Calico Jack Rackham, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, and the "gentleman pirate" Stede Bonnet -- founded a rogue state based at Nassau and, for a time, severed the commerce of three empires and threatened their colonies with dislocation, invasion, and rebellion.

For those wanting to learn more about these pirates, the book is available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, Nook, audiobook, Spanish and Danish editions. Links to all can be found at this page on the Republic of Pirates website.