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TNT Orders New Michael Bay Pilot ‘The Last Ship’

Michael Bay TNT The Last Ship
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Don’t feel too bad for poor Michael Bay on the loss of momentum with the critically debated ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ reboot, filed down to ‘Ninja Turtles.’  Not only does the acclaimed, yet oft-maligned director still have ‘Transformers 4‘ (and God-willing, ‘Bad Boys 3′) to fall back on, but now Michael Bay has picked up yet another TV project.  So, what’s it about, and how likely are we to see it?

Thanks to Deadline, we’ve learned that TNT has green-lit yet another Michael Bay-produced TV series to pilot, this time an adaptation of the William Brinkley novel ‘The Last Ship.’ ‘The Last Ship’ marks the second TV project for Bay, as earlier Starz green-lit to series the ‘Treasure Island’ prequel ‘Black Sails.’

Though only granted an initial order for a pilot, ‘The Last Ship’ follows the crew of a naval destroyer after a global catastrophe decimates the earth’s population, forcing them to confront the reality of a world where they are among the only survivors.  Originally announced as part of TNT’s May development slate, ‘The Last Ship’ stems from Brinkley’s novel, but will be written by ‘Without A Trace’ creator Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane (‘The Closer’).

Says TNT head of programming Michael Wright of the project:

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. We look forward to working with Michael Bay and ‘The Last Ship‘s outstanding production team.

What say you?  Can Michael Bay handle a naval drama, or are his explosive attentions best left to ‘Transformers‘ and ‘Ninja Turtles?’  Tell us if ‘The Last Ship’ captures your interest in the comments below!

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