TNT and Platnum Dunes have confirmed that a pilot episode is in development for a new genre series titled The Last Ship.
Based on the William Brinkly novel of the same name, The Last Ship is a dystopian action adventure, which seems to be all the rage these days.
Basically, a global pandemic has decimated the population of the planet in a particularly sudden event - sudden for a disease anyway.
The group of survivors the show follows are the crew of a naval destroyer who happened to be out of port at the time of the outbreak.
I expect lots of melodrama, and at least one crewmate who knows something about the outbreak, and looks like he really works for the enemy, or something like that. The character dynamics will likely be similar to Jericho, which had a similar premise, just in a small town instead of a boat.
Interestingly enough, Michael Bay will be exec producing the show, and even plans to direct some of the episodes, including the pilot. It’ll be interesting to what the Hollywood film veteran, known for his clever and expensive special effects directing, manages to do on a television budget.
"The book The Last Ship is a gripping page-turner that has all the makings of a terrific television drama, including a great premise, memorable characters, intense situations and heart-racing action," said TNT rep Michael Wright. "We believe this show will take viewers on a thrilling ride and fits perfectly with TNT’s expanding line-up of original dramas."
The Last Ship is still in development. No casting decisions, production dates, or air dates have yet been announced.