EXCLUSIVE: Feature and TV director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is set to direct the opening episode of the upcoming NBC pirate drama Crossbones starring John Malkovich. Crossbones, from Luther creator Neil Cross and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Cross wrote the script and is executive producing with Parkes, MacDonald and Ted Gold for Parkes/MacDonald Prods; Georgeville TV; and Universal V. This is the latest high-profile NBCUni drama with straight-to-series order whose first episode Slade has been tasked with directing. He helmed the opener of NBC’s Hannibal, on which he has served as executive producer and directed multiple episodes, and is doing the same for Helix, Syfy‘s upcoming series from Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore.
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