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Michael Bay has teamed up with Starz for the new original series, Black Sails, the network announced Thursday.

The eight-episode series will focus on the pirate adventures on Captain Flint as he takes on a young addition to his crew named John Silver. Black Sails will take place 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

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"Starz is excited to be working with a visionary like Michael,'" said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement.  "Along with the high-octane action that is a hallmark of a Michael Bay production, it has the elements that Starz originals are striving to bring to the premium landscape:  epic, larger than life, cinematic storytelling.  The series is also a property we believe will appeal to the global content marketplace with broadcasters around the world." 

Bay, who is best known for his films Transformers, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor, says he is "excited to branch out into television."

Production on Black Sails will begin later this year. The series is set to air in 2014.