HBO Max announces March premiere for new comedy series Taika Waititi
HBO Max heads to the high seas for its latest adventure, a pirate comedy titled Our flag means death. Executive produced by Thor: Ragnarok and JoJo Rabbitit’s Taika Waititi, Our flag means death follows a pirate who is a little too nice for the profession he has chosen. On Wednesday, HBO Max lifted the curtain on the new series, revealing its first full trailer (after releasing a trailer last month) and its official release date.
The trailer offers a preview of the action and humor that will be featured in Our flag means death, including footage of Waititi as the infamous pirate Blackbeard. The series will debut on HBO Max on March 3. You can take a look at the trailer below!
This new series follows a unique release strategy, rolling out all 10 episodes of Season 1 in March. Three episodes will be released on March 3, followed by three more on March 10, two on March 17, and the final two on March 24.
Our flag means death is loosely based on the adventures of Stede Bonnet, who will be played by Darby. Bonnet is a farmer and a child of wealth going through something of a midlife crisis. He ends up fleeing the farm to become captain of a pirate ship called the Revenge. Of course, Bonnet has no idea what it means to lead a life of crime on the high seas, so the show’s comedy will likely come from those adjustments. In the actual story, Bonnet sailed along the eastern United States and captured other sailboats.
David Jenkins serves as showrunner for Our flag means death, executive producer alongside Waititi, Garrett Basch and Dan Halstead. Waititi will also direct the first episode of the series.
“They’re like an old married couple in some ways,” Jenkins said. EO, talking about the relationship between Darby and Waititi. “If a scene doesn’t quite work out, Taika will be able to complain about Rhys, and vice versa, like only friends can. And then when it breaks, they know how to get the best out of each other .There’s a generosity and a real sweetness between them that you wouldn’t have if you weren’t using these two friends.”
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