Monday, April 04, 2011

Hurd Sets Sail For "Port Royal"

GK-tv, a division of GK Films, and Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment have partnered to develop/produce a one-hour dramatic television series titled "Port Royal".

Set in the late 17th century on the island of Jamaica, the series will chronicle the namesake port’s notorious rise as "...the richest and wickedest city in the new world" and as a self-governing safe haven for cutthroat pirates, corrupt politicians, and ruthless merchants.

"I have been obsessed with pirates and Port Royal for years, and have a library of books on the subject," said Hurd.

"The real story of privateers and the politics of the era has never been explored on screen, and I’m excited to bring that world to life with the terrific team at GK-tv".

"In keeping with our focus on cinematic television with a global perspective, we see Gale and her team at Valhalla as a phenomenal partner in creating a gritty and authentic series of fantastic scope, set in the dangerous world of Port Royal," said Craig Cegielski. President, GK-tv.
Executive producers include Valhalla Entertainment chairman Hurd, GK-tv’s Cegielski, GK Film’s Graham King and Tim Headington.

Valhalla’s Kris Henigman and Ben Roberts will be the company’s creative executives on the series.

Valhalla recently launched zombie TV series "The Walking Dead" for AMC.

GK-tv’s first television series "Camelot" starring Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower and Eva Green premiered on Starz, April 1.

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