TNT Orders Michael Bay's 'The Last Ship' to Pilot

The drama project is based on the William Brinkley novel, which centers on a global catastrophe and the crew of a naval destroyer.
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TNT has greenlit the Michael Bay-produced The Last Ship, giving it a pilot order.

Based on the William Brinkley novel, The Last Ship centers on a global catastophe that 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. "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."

The project comes from Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) with Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace) and Steven Kane (The Closer) serving as executive producers. Steinberg and Kane co-wrote the pilot.

The Last Ship joins Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir pilot vying for series contention at TNT, which has projects from Steven Bochco and Matthew McConaughey, among others, in development.