|Pirates of Treasure Island|
|Directed by||Leigh Scott|
|Written by||Robert Louis Stevenson (novel, uncreditted)|
Carlos De Los Rios (screenplay)
|Distributed by||The Asylum|
|Budget||$ 1.5 million|
Pirates of Treasure Island is a 2006 American comedy-drama film produced by The Asylum, loosely adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island.
The film was criticized as an imitation of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, particularly as was released just before, and shares several similarities with, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
The story opens on Skeleton Island, an uncharted island somewhere in the Falkland Islands chain, where Long John Silver and Billy Bones have staged a successful mutiny against Captain Flint. The group is attacked by gigantic insects, and retreats back to the ship. In the chaos, Long John has one of his legs torn off by a giant beetle.
In the United States in 1782, Jim Hawkins is the owner of the Admiral Benbow Inn, but has grown tired of a life of monotony and seeks adventure. One of his customers, Billy Bones, dies in his inn and leaves Jim a treasure map showing the way to a treasure buried on Skeleton Island.
After gaining the help of Dr. Livesey, Jim and Livesey recruit French mariner Captain Smollete, the captain of the schooner Hispaniola, to sail out to Skeleton Island, under the pretence of going to collect specimens of local wildlife. Jim and Livesey recruit Long John Silver, now using the alias of Barbecue, to act as ship's cook, with Long John providing the rest of the ship's crew.
As the Hispanola makes its way to the island, Hawkins unintentionally discovers Long John's true intentions: to steal the map and to hijack the Hispaniola on behalf of his own band of pirates, whom make up the ship's crew. Long John plans to stage a mutiny upon arriving at Skeleton Island, and to kill the captain, Hawkins and Dr. Livesey so that all of the treasure will belong to the pirates. However, Hawkins is discovered, along with Anne Bonny, who had followed Jim from the inn, and gives him protection from Long John.
On reaching Skeleton Island, the Hispanola is hijacked by Silver, with Smollette, Livesey and an American government official on the voyage kept prisoner on the ship whilst the others go ashore. With the help of marooned mariner Ben Gunn, Jim and Anne Bonney escape, and race to beat Long John and the pirates to the treasure.
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