TNT Orders Pilot of 'The Last Ship' Executive-Produced by Michael Bay

Categories: Network TV Press Releases

Written By

July 16th, 2012

via press release:

TNT Orders Pilot of The Last Ship,
Executive-Produced by Michael Bay

TNT has ordered a pilot for the action-packed drama series The Last Ship, based on the popular novel by William Brinkley and executive-produced by blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay (Transformers). The project comes to TNT from Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, whose credits include A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with showrunner Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace) and Steven Kane&n bsp;(The Closer) also serving as executive producers. Steinberg and Kane wrote the pilot script.

In The Last Ship, a global catastrophe nearly obliterates the earth's population, forcing the crew of a naval destroyer to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors.

"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, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We believe this show will take viewers on a thrilling ride and fits perfectly with TNT’s expanding line-up of original dramas. We look forward to working with Michael Bay and The Last Ship's outstanding production team."

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Perception, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming series Major Crimes and Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer's The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (working title) and 72 Hours (working title). In addition, TNT is th e cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and champio nship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


  • silvit

    BORING. ‘Nough said.

  • The Original J

    I can just imagine the pitch meeting for this show.

    Michael Bay: “So what if we retold the story of Noak’s Ark, except the boat isn’t an ark, it’s a destroyer! And the earth isn’t destroyed by a flood, but by a bunch of nuclear bombs! See, then I’d have the chance to incorporate a ton of explosions and helicopter shots!”

    TNT Execs: “Well, it doesn’t sound all that faithful to the book…”

    Michael Bay: “Yeah, but…explosions!”

    TNT Execs: “You’re right. We love it!”

  • Herb Finn

    “a global catastrophe nearly obliterates the earth’s population, forcing the crew of a naval destroyer to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors.”

    Sounds like ON THE BEACH to me :)

  • scifi

    More sci-fi from AMC! This is good. As you all like to repeat “can’t wait”.

  • Nick

    I’ll definitely watch this.
    Sounds kinda like Falling Skies, minus the aliens. ;-)

  • EatMorePez


    Yes, it does sound like On the Beach, which has already been adapted for the screen twice (1959 and 2000).

    I think we’ve now reached the saturation point on TV shows and movies set in a post-apocalyptic future? The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, the upcoming Revolution and now this show. Not to mention recent movies such as The Hunger Games, Book of Eli, I Am Legend, and The Road. Time for another idea Hollywood. (How about vampires?)

  • Nick

    I will probably be a hit if TNT puts it behind Falling Skies and makes a Scifi night.

  • SVU: Fringe Division

    So Battleship as a weekly series? Also when is it discovered that Megatron is the ship? Season 4 or 5?

  • Babygate

    This sounds like a crossover between ‘The Last Resort’ which premieres on ABC this Fall, and ‘Revolution’ which premieres on NBC this Fall. Hmmm, unoriginal much? I’m kind of disappointed that they will go this route. TNT has my favorite Summer shows: Rizzoli and Isles, The Closer and Leverage and the new ‘Perception’ has the potential of becoming another favorite, if I can get over Eric McCormack’s poor interpretation of the lead character. Anywho, I guess not every show can be a hit. Well, there’s always the USA Network…

  • Sara

    Babygate, The Last Ship was published in 1988. If there’s a lack of originality here, it’s with The Last Resort and Revolution.

  • Lucas

    Sound kinda cool!

  • Anthony

    This sounds like a crossover between ‘The Last Resort’ which premieres on ABC this Fall, and ‘Revolution’ which premieres on NBC this Fall. Hmmm, unoriginal much?

    Well besides what Sara already stated (that this is based on a book that is older than both those shows), how exactly does this show sound like a cross between the two of them? Really the only similarity that it has with The Last Resort is that it involves a seafaring ship (except in The Last Resort, it has a submarine, not a ship- so that really isn’t even a similarity at all) in TLR it is about a conspiracy against that ship not the end of the world. As for Revolution, it is about people dealing with the lose of power/electronic items NOT about the near extinction of the human race (which is what the Last Ship is focused on).

  • cimmer

    Actually I would love it if like “On the Beach” they were waiting for death but of course, humanity will survive and because it’s a US Navy ship there will be more than enough women on board to restart humanity lol. Although what an interesting bit it the show did take that stand, something more along the lines of the movie ‘The Road’ or AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’, grimmer and darker than FS but it’d probably be too much of a downer especially for TNT.

  • marsinvestigations1

    So it’ll be an over bloated effects ridden POS with horribly written characters and generally no real story?

    That’s the Platinum Dunes model, isn’t it?

  • Conway Eastwood

    Glad this novel is finally getting adapted for the screen; it’s a personal favorite of mine. Although I am a bit worried that it is going to be made for TNT, and by Michael Bay too.

    I’ve wondered if this will ever see an adapation; Steven Soderbergh tried making a big screen adaptation back in the day, although nothing ever came out of it, unfortunately.

    Personally, I’d prefer if it were made into a full-length film or an HBO mini-series, but I’m just glad to see it get an adaptation to begin with.

    P.S. I wonder if the U.S. Navy will assist in production? I hope not, as I wouldn’t want it to be turned into some recruiting ad like Battleship and Transformers were.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures