TV Shows about Vikings and pirates in development

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  1. Out Of My Vulcan Mind

    Out Of My Vulcan Mind Vice Admiral Admiral

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    A TV show about the Vikings is in development, as well as three shows about pirates.

    Report about Vikings from Deadline Hollywood:

    Report about Pyrates from Deadline Hollywood:

    Report about Port Royal from Deadline Hollywood:

    Report about Villains of All Nations from The Hollywood Reporter:

     
  2. jefferiestubes8

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    Port Royal

    Hmm period piece set in Jamaica.
    I wonder if they will shoot in the Caribbean or in Hawaii or what?

    Sounds very expensive.

    This sounds like Starz or Showtime or TNT not FX due to budget.
    I am interested in period piece episodics like this. with the violence and most likely raping of women I would expect premium subscription cable channel not regular cable tier.
     
  3. Temis the Vorta

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    Let's not forget the hillbillies! :rommie:

    I never knew that feud actually overlapped with the Civil War. How ironic.
     
  4. Owain Taggart

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    The Port Royal series could be really good. Looking forward to it.
     
  5. Dream

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    I had always thought we would be getting a bunch of Pirates movies after the sucess of POTC films. I was surprised that it never ended up happening. It looks like Hollywood is just going to try with tv shows instead. Hopefully they can survive.
     
  6. jefferiestubes8

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    TV movies...
    Blackbeard
    (I) (TV movie 2006) 169 min
    Also Known As: Pirates: The True Story of Blackbeard
    aired on Hallmark Channel, The (2006) (USA)
    shot in Thailand.
    Blackbeard: Terror at Sea (TV 2006)
    120 min

    Well in 2013 there is another Blackbeard pirate movie:
    Blackbeard (2013)
    in development no info yet at the link.

    The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (2012) [it will be known as The Pirates! Band of Misfits! in the U.S.A.]
    a stop-motion 3D animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. for September 2012 release
    Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and David Tennant voices


    I think the 13 episode TV series really allows characters to develop and not just an action adventure genre feature film like POTC movies.
    A miniseries of 4 or 6 episodes would seem to work but extending it to 12 or 13 episodes spread over a season I think is a great format for complex characters and season-long story and character arcs that are heavily serialized.
     
  7. Bob The Skutter

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    There were rumours of BBC doing a series called The Scrimshaw Pirates a year or two ago. a 13episode series, but I've not heard anything. Though given how long it took for Outcasts to go in to production I guess that means nothing.
     
  8. jefferiestubes8

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    never received funding.
    Here's the info I found for y'all.
    http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1067396
     
  9. Bob The Skutter

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    Where did you see it didn't receive funding?
     
  10. Owain Taggart

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    I agree. I think a TV series is really suited to this. Movies only allow to skim the surface. They really have a good chance of building up their own mythology here.
     
  11. Temis the Vorta

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    I'd prefer a pirates series without sf/f elements, but I do like the idea of other historical series that have an sf/f twist. A Western, or a series about a mentalist in the 20s would both be good candidates.
     
  12. Yevetha

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    I am very excited about a viking series.
     
  13. Australis

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    Well, I'm sending a pirate movie script out into the wild soon. If that counts. :D

    A guy wanted me to write a Viking film script based on his outline, but it was seriously awful, and he wouldn't let me change it into something, well, better. Cntered on a wimpy, artistic kid forced to become a Viking like his father. And that makes it sound a lot more interesting than it was. The character as written had no internal life, and he wouldn't let me give him one. He's now going to write it as a novel.
     
  14. Gep Malakai

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    Isn't that How to Train Your Dragon?
     
  15. Australis

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    Never seen it. This kid was so introspective he made Bill Gates look like Bluto Blutasrsky. I told the guy to watch 'The 13th Warrior' and get back to me. Vikings ren't known for their introspection.
     
  16. Allyn Gibson

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    Sounds a bit like the "Lindisfarne" storyline in Northlanders, the DC/Vertigo series by Brian Wood about the Viking Age.
     
  17. Temis the Vorta

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    Sure sounds like it, which just shows that the basic concept is perfectly marketable.

    How do you know? Ever met one? ;)

    Don't confuse the media representation for the real historical thing. I'm certain Vikings were just as complex and diverse a bunch as any other group in human history.
     
  18. Australis

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    :rolleyes: Of course not. I am talking about a media representation. Trust me, a producer would read the first ten pages and heave it into the round filing cabinet.

    And being a Scot, there is more than likely Viking blood in me (which explains my need to plunder monasteries, drink mead, and in no way be introspective).
     
  19. Temis the Vorta

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    I'm far less interested in seeing a regurgitation of popular misconceptions about pirates, Vikings or anybody else than I am in seeing something that is the product of research into how these cultures actually were, something that will feel both authentic and fresh. It might not be such a challenge to find a TV producer interested in such a thing; you just need to know who to pitch. AMC or HBO for instance. They're looking for intelligent material to suit their intelligent audience.
     
  20. "t jd "

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    The Republic of Pirates come to nbc
     

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