Seeing as pirates tend to take what they want without fear of reproach, it should come as little surprise that Starz's forthcoming 'Treasure Island' prequel 'Black Sails' has already pilfered itself a second season, a full five months before the pilot premiere even airs to the general public. Still, will the Michael Bay-produced series live up to its promise?

The news comes out of Starz's panel at the ongoing TCA press tour (via The Hollywood Reporter), wherein executives expressed their confidence in the series going forward, as with such previous early renewals for both Kelsey Grammer's 'Boss' and period drama 'Magic City.'

'Black Sails' comes from ‘Jericho‘ creator Jon Steinberg, and stars ‘Die Another Day’ villain Toby Stephens as the iconic Captain Flint and ‘Shameless‘ vet Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane. It centers on the tales of Flint and his men 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel. Flint takes on his crew the fast-talking John Silver (Luke Arnold) as they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, a criminal haven full of pirates, prostitutes and thieves, defined by ideals and brutality.

"Michael Bay, Jon Steinberg and their teams delivered a spectacular first season of 'Black Sails,' and we are incredibly proud of everyone's work," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. "Based on the strong fan response to the preview screening at last week's Comic-Con, we felt an early order for a second season would allow the writers, cast and crew enough time and space to continue crafting such unique and epic storytelling."

Produced by Michael Bay, 'Black Sails' will debut its first eight-episode season in January 2014, before resuming production on a second round of 10 episodes in November 2014. What say you about it? Does the early preview of 'Black Sails' (featured below) have you confident in such a quick season 2 order?

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