TNT And Michael Bay Board ‘The Last Ship’

The cable network orders a pilot for the adaptation of William Brinkley's 1988 novel.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this year, Michael Bay's "Treasure Island" prequel series, "Black Sails" earned a straight-to-series order from STARZ. And now Bay's next scripted TV project is one step closer to landing a series order as well.

Deadline is reporting that TNT has ordered a pilot for "The Last Ship;" which is based upon the 1988 post apocalyptic novel of the same name by William Brinkley. In the original novel, the captain of a naval destroyer called the USS Nathan James narrates the story about the aftermath of a brief nuclear war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact which may have left the inhabitants of the Nathan James as the only people left in the world.

"The Last Ship" is being adapted by "Without A Trace" creator Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane ("The Closer"). The potential TV series is described as an action drama that follows "the crew of a naval destroyer who, after a global catastrophe decimates the earth’s population, are forced to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors."

Bay will be an executive producer of the pilot alongside Brad Fuller and Andrew Form from Platinum Dunes, while Steinberg will be the showrunner.

“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,” said Michael Wright TNT’s head of programming. “We look forward to working with Michael Bay and The Last Ship‘s outstanding production team.”

TNT has previously found success with the action-oriented sci-fi series "Falling Skies" during the summer season. The report also notes that Frank Darabont's "L.A. Noir" series is in "serious contention" to get a series pickup.