Having announced his first major venture into television in May, Bay now seems to be, er, all aboard the idea of small screen projects. And waterborne ones at that — “Black Sails,” which has been greenlit for a full season at Starz, is a “Treasure Island” prequel about 18th century pirates, while “The Last Ship” follows the crew of a naval destroyer after a global catastrophe wipes out more of the Earth’s population, leaving them to “confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors.”
The pilot for “The Last Ship” was written by Hank Steinberg (creator and showrunner for “Without a Trace”) and Steven Kane (writer/co-executive producer on “The Closer”).
Brinkley’s novel was shaped by the Cold War — the catastrophe that destroys much of the planet is a nuclear one, after the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. end carrying out strikes against one another, and the ship in which most of the story is set is a guided missile destroyer. It’ll be interesting to see how the pilot deals with this no longer timely scenario — maybe the world can be destroyed by robots from space instead.