Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island remains one of my favourite classics. I remember when reading it as a boy, being spellbound and scared for young Jim Hawkins as he watches out for old Billy Bones the mysterious and paranoid lodger at his mother's inn. Billy has paid Jim to keep a look-out for a one-legged pirate. After Billy dies of fright when one of his former shipmates arrives and gives him the dreaded 'Black Spot', Jim and the Doctor look in Billy's chest and discover the treasure map of Captain Flint.
Black Sails is described on Amazon as a prequel to the original story and 'follows the adventures of cut throat Captain Flint and his crew of brutal buccaneers, whose ways have led them to the brink of extinction. Flint is forced to seek sanctuary on the pirate paradise New Providence Island, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and stunning brutality.'
This series looks like it will be an adventurous, swashbuckling and dark affair.
Link to cast list - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2375692/fullcredits/
More on wiki about Treasure Island at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island
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