Our Flag Means Death: Pirate Comedy Series from Taika Waititi, HBO Max

It's becoming pretty clear that whether it's writing, working behind the camera, in front of the camera, or offering his voice talents for an animated role, Oscar winner and multi-Emmy Award nominee Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Jojo Rabbit) isn't big on having a lot of down time. On Tuesday, that impression was further reinforced when WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max announced that Waititi will executive produce the period comedy series Our Flag Means Death, and direct the pilot episode. Series creator and showrunner David Jenkins (People of Earth) executive produces with Emmy Award-nominated producer Garrett Basch (The Night Of, What We Do in the Shadows) and Dan Halsted.

Taika Waititi walks the red carpet ahead of the 'At Eternity's Gate' screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 3, 2018 in Venice, Italy. Editorial credit: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com
Taika Waititi walks the red carpet ahead of the 'At Eternity's Gate' screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 3, 2018 in Venice, Italy. Editorial credit: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com

Based loosely on the true adventures Stede Bonnet, Our Flag Means Death focuses on a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate. Waititi is expected to film the pilot after wrapping production on Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder. "A series concept like this jumps off the page and you can instantly envision every moment," said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO MAX, in a statement. "David and Taika's unique take on Bonnet's rollicking misadventures on the high seas, are sure to thrill and delight audiences everywhere."

HBO Max is WarnerMedia's direct-to-consumer streaming service that was first introduced in May of this year. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content, HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs, and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia's rich library including motion picture and TV series from Warner Bros., highlights from New Line, and catalog titles from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. You can learn more about the HBO Max streaming service at its website (here).

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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