Hugh Laurie heading to the high seas?

Hugh Laurie. — AFP picHugh Laurie. — AFP pic

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hugh Laurie is gearing up for his television comeback in Crossbones. Created by Neil Cross (Luther), the new series will take modern-day audiences back in time to 18th century New Providence, an island in the Bahamas that was a haven for pirates and buccaneers. The plot will be based on a book by Colin Woodward titled The Republic of Pirates.

Spanning ten episodes, Crossbones will centre on the leader of the notorious location, Captain Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, through the eyes of an assassin who infiltrates his clan because of his band's growing threat to international sea trade.

Other pirate-themed shows are headed for US networks in the near future, including Black Sails on Starz, produced by Michael Bay (Transformers). The eight-episode mini-series is announced as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, with the production scheduled to start before the end of the year. — AFP-Relaxnews