Thursday, July 7, 2011



Given the huge success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise so far – including the fact that On Stranger Tides just passed $1 billion mark in terms of its take in the global box office – naturally we would see Disney eager to get along with the fifth entry in the franchise. The script has been underway for a while now, and though Pirates anchor Johnny Depp has said he wants to take a little time in between movies again, he’s apparently now in the early stages of a deal to return for the fifth outing.
Yes, it should really surprise no one, but before the fourth film arrived, Depp was talking up how it would depend on the script and how much he wanted to let the series rest in dry dock to let audiences breathe. But despite fairly hurtful reviews for Stranger Tides, it’s become yet another cash cow, so naturally work is really getting started for more Sparrow time.
According to The Wrap, a rough draft of the script is in (from, we assume, franchise veteran Terry Rossio, since he was the one hired in January to start work on it, without his usual writing partner Ted Elliot) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer and co are said to have been in fevered meetings getting it to a point where Depp will say yes. From the sounds of this, he’s happy enough to at least start figuring out a deal.

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