Neil Marshall has inked a deal to direct the pilot episode of Starz's upcoming pirate drama Black Sails.

The eight episode series is set twenty years before Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island and centers on Captain Flint and his crew of pirates.

Michael Bay is producing the series with Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form. The show was created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine.

Neil Marshall most recently directed the Game of Thrones: Blackwater episode, and last year's period drama Centurion. He also made Doomsday in 2008 and The Descent in 2006.

Production is scheduled to begin later this year in Cape Town, South Africa.