Black Sails, the pirate drama from Starz, which airs on Amazon Prime and History in the UK, will be reefing it’s sails after season 4 has aired, it has been announced.
The show, which stars Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), will have a final 10 episode outing in 2017, but then will sail no more. The story is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island, and follows the famed Captain Flint (Stephens), during the Golden Age of Piracy around the West Indies.
Co-creator and EP Jonathan E. Steinberg commented “It’s a rare privilege in television to be given the kind of creative freedom we’ve enjoyed on this show over the last four years. While it was a difficult decision for us to make this season our last, we simply couldn’t imagine anything beyond it that would make for a better ending to the story nor a more natural handoff to Treasure Island. We’d like to thank Chris, Carmi and everyone at Starz for all their faith and support, and to our astounding cast and crew for joining us on this ride.”
Steinberg created the show with writing partner Robert Levine. “Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, along with their crew and the phenomenal cast, have delivered a spectacular take on the most legendary pirate story in literature,” remarked Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik. “this final season will bring us to the shores of Treasure Island as was always intended. Black Sails has been a tremendous success; from the loyal fan following and strong viewership numbers to awards recognition and the skill of our world-class production in Cape Town, we could not be more proud of this very special series.”
Black Sails will return for a 4th and final season early in 2017.