Our Flag Means Death, Taika Waititi will be Blackbeard in the HBO Max series

Our Flag Means Death, Taika Waititi will be Blackbeard in the HBO Max series

Our Flag Means Death

New adventure on the small screen for Oscar-winning director Taika Waititi. From The Hollywood Reporter we learn exclusively how he was hired to play the role of the famous pirate Blackbeard in Our Flag Means Death, a series produced exclusively for HBO Max.

The show will be freely inspired by the real adventures of Stede Bonnet , an aristocrat who abandoned his career to become a pirate and in the course of his adventure also met Blackbeard, who already has legendary status on the show.

Our Flag Means Death will consist of six half-length episodes now each. The pilot will be directed by Waititi as well as executive producer with showrunner David Jenkins.

Taka Waititi will play the role of Blackbeard

The series will have comedy tones and Taika will no doubt know give his distinctive and personal touch to a legendary figure like Blackbeard. At the moment the New Zealand director is busy in Australia with the shooting of Thor: Love & Thunder, one of the most anticipated films of phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But that's not all, because he will have an unspecified role in The Suicide Squad and was chosen by Lucasfilm to write and direct one of the next Star Wars-related projects, which probably won't see the light before 2023 In short, the Waititi mania seems to have broken out.

And let's not forget how the director was also hired to direct the film adaptation of Akira, the historical manga of Katsuhiro Otomo, but the project was put in place. Stand-by from Warner for his too many commitments.

Waiting for more details on the pirate series by HBO Max, you can recover the film that allowed Taika Waititi to take home his first Oscar for the best non-original script, namely Jo Jo Rabbit. You can find it, in the Blu-Ray version, by clicking here.

Taika Waititi to play Blackbeard in HBO Max's 'Our Flag Means Death'

May 1 (UPI) -- Actor and filmmaker Taika Waititi is set to star in HBO Max's pirate comedy, Our Flag Means Death.

Waititi will play the infamous buccaneer Blackbeard, and is also onboard to executive produce and direct the pilot.

The project will reunite him with Rhys Darby, his collaborator on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords and the movie What We Do in the Shadows.

'Our Blackbeard is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul, and quite possibly insane,' series creator, writer and showrunner David Jenkins said in a statement Friday. 'Only one man could play this role, and that is the great Taika Waititi. We're thrilled beyond measure he's decided to don the beard.'

Waititi won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. He also helmed Thor: Ragnarok and is working on Thor: Love and Thunder.