DreamWorks is bringing a project on the life of legendary pirate Blackbeard to the bigscreen.
Barry Josephson ("Enchanted") is producing alongside motivational speaker and former Philadelphia 76ers prexy/co-owner Pat Croce, who wrote "Pirate Soul," a book that chronicled the golden era of piracy, which spanned 1690-1730.
Idea for the project was hatched when Josephson enlisted Croce to make a cameo in his 2002 basketball pic "Like Mike." Croce, who also penned the upcoming kids book "My Pop-Pop Is a Pirate," waited until December 2006 to send Josephson a treatment for the film. The pair brought aboard Franzoni, who began working on the pitch after the writers strike ended.
Croce, who owns a pirate museum in Key West, Fla., is collaborating closely with Franzoni on the screenplay.
Oh yes, how long can I tiptoe around the obvious joke in my titles reporting this? Only time will tell, me hearties.