HBO Max picked up a new pirate comedy series from Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Jojo Rabbit), writer David Jenkins (People of Earth), and Garrett Basch (The Night Of, What We Do in the Shadows).
The series is titled Our Flag Means Death, and it’s “loosely based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate.”
It’s explained that Bonnet was “a moderately wealthy early 18th century land owner who later turned to a life of crime as a pirate. He bought a sailing vessel, named it Revenge, and traveled with his paid crew along the Eastern Seaboard of what is now the United States, capturing other vessels and burning other Barbadian ships.”
Jenkins, the creator of the series, will also serve as showrunner. Waititi will serve as executive produce the series and direct the first episode, which will be shot after Waititi finishes production on Thor: Love and Thunder.
It sounds like it’ll could end up being a great show! Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said in a statement:
“A series concept like this jumps off the page and you can instantly envision every moment. David and Taika’s unique take on Bonnet’s rollicking misadventures on the high seas, are sure to thrill and delight audiences everywhere.”
I’ll definitely be looking forward to watching this!