Partners eye global treasure with new skein
Gale Anne Hurd is following up “The Walking Dead” with tales of plunder and debauchery in late 17th century Jamaica.Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment has teamed with Graham King’s GK TV banner to develop “Port Royal,” a drama series revolving around the cutthroat world of pirates, merchants and politicians in the Jamaican city that was a hub of nefarious activity. The concept is based on Hurd’s original idea. The producer said she’s been “obsessed” with stories of Port Royal for years. “The real story of privateers and the politics of the era has never been explored on screen,” Hurd said. GK TV will talk up the project to foreign buyers this week at the Mip TV market in Cannes. GK TV prexy Craig Cegielski said “Port Royal” was a good fit with the type of global-friendly material that King’s TV banner has sought out. “In keeping with our focus on cinematic television with a global perspective, we see Gale and her team at Valhalla as a phenomenal partner in creating a gritty and authentic series of fantastic scope,” he said. GK TV’s first series production, “Camelot,” bowed Friday on Starz. “Port Royal” is still in the early stage of development and has not been shopped to U.S. outlets. Hurd, Cegielski, King and GK Films’ Tim Headington are exec producers of “Port Royal.” Valhalla’s Kris Henigman and Ben Roberts will serve as creative execs on the series.