The Wrap has broken the story that John Malkovich (Warm Bodies, Red 2) will portray Blackbeard in NBC’s pirate series Crossbones. The series will “portray an 18th century pirate society more civilized than the British Empire”.
The Plot: The tale takes place on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. This unique place of piracy, theft and outlaws is reigned by the fearsome pirate captain Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard. But a scheme has been designed to throw Blackboard from his throne. An assassin, Tom Lowe, is sent with the task to execute the pirate leader. However, as Lowe moves closer towards Blackbeard, he starts to admire his ideas and involvement in the rogue society. And of course, Lowe will not be Blackbeard's only enemy. - IMDB
Crossbones is currently slated for a 10 episode first season and based on Colin Woodard’s “The Republic of Pirates”.
No release date has been set for the series.