Before Pirates of the Caribbean, it was a rule of thumb in Hollywood that anything related to pirates was box office poison. This rule extended to TV too, apparently, because when was the last time you saw a pirate-themed TV show that wasn’t the puffy shirt episode of “Seinfeld”?
Well, the “no pirates” rule is made to be broken, this time by producers Graham King and Gale Anne Hurd. It’s based on an idea by Hurd, and will be called “Port Royal.” Here be a plot synopsis, matey:
“Set in the late 17th century on the island of Jamaica, the series will chronicle the namesake port’s notorious rise as the ‘richest and wickedest city’ in the new world, and as a self-governing safe haven for cutthroat pirates, corrupt politicians and ruthless merchants.”
Sounds pretty piratey. Hurd might be a familiar name to you, since in addition to producing”The Walking Dead“ for AMC, she was the producer on such classics as The Terminator, Aliens, and Raising Cain. So if anyone can make people want to watch Depp-less pirates, it’s her. (via Deadline)