Starz has its TCA day today, and the cable network came out with two announcements.
First off, Starz has ordered a fourth season of its pirate drama “Black Sails” from executive producer Michael Bay. The new season will keep the show on the air until at least 2017. The 10-episode third season is set to air next year. Ray Stevenson will be part of it, playing iconic yet nefarious pirate Blackbeard.
Additionally, Starz has announced that it is developing “Havana Quartet”, a new detective drama set in Cuba to star Antonio Banderas.
The project is based on a Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura’s four-book series, “Havana Blue”, “Havana Gold”, “Havana Red” and Havana Black”. It centers on Mario Conde (Banderas), a romantic but hard-drinking Cuban who dreams of being a writer but instead settled on being a police detective.
“”Havana Quartet” is a series that captures both the romance and the underbelly of a country that has struck our collective curiosity and imagination for decades, and it was important for us to create a show that is authentic to Padura’s elegant, noir-tinged novels and to Cuba itself,” Pancho Mansfield, president of global scripted programming for Starz partner in the project, eOne Television, said in a statement.
Added Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, “Starz continues to see great opportunity in continued programming diversification with many communities and genres,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. “Partnering with eOne to develop the drama series “Havana Quartet” with international star Antonio Banderas will allow us to give viewers a premium show that highlights the decaying beauty of Cuba during its ‘Special Period’ — a time and place which tourists rarely got to experience.”