27 March 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Amazon has taken exclusive U.K. rights to Starz’s pirate drama series “Black Sails.”

The show, which is exec produced by Michael Bay, will feature on Amazon’s subscription streaming service Prime Instant Video from April 4.

The 18th century-set high-seas drama, which follows Captain Flint and his men as they fight for survival in a dog-eat-dog world, stars Toby Stephens (“Die Another Day,” “The Machine”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“90210″), Tom Hopper (“Merlin,” “Doctor Who”), Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), and Clara Paget (“One Day,” “Johnny English Reborn”).

All eight episodes of “Black Sails” will be available to stream on more than 400 devices at launch.

“We’ve seen the sanitized version of pirates in films and TV shows many times before, and this is a more realistic, dangerous and sexy take on the pirate life,” said Jason Ropell, head of Amazon Instant Video international content acquisition. “What makes the show so fascinating »

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