On the heels of the news that Johnny Depp would "consider" returning for a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean, Deadline reports Disney has hired screenwriter Terry Rossio to script a fifth installment. Rossio co-wrote all four Pirates movies with Ted Elliot, but would be writing solo for the fifth. Rumors that a fifth and sixth Pirates would be shot back-to-back have already circulated, but the report only mentions a fifth movie.
The fourth Pirates movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, was directed by franchise newcomer Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine), and the report states Disney is "making moves" to bring Marshall back. Depp reportedly has a "deal structure" in place for a fifth movie, but isn't locked into a return just yet. However, if Depp's public statements have any meaning, it seems like a return won't be a big problem.
On Stranger Tides opens on May 20 and follows Depp as the incorrigible Captain Jack Sparrow, as he journeys to find the Fountain of Youth. Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush and Kevin R. McNally co-star. Posted 01.14.11 by Ryan
The fourth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides, wrapped production in November, and the first trailer will premiere on December 17 before showings of Tron: Legacy. While fans await On Stranger Tides' May 20, 2011, release, producer Jerry Bruckheimer is busy preparing two more sequels that, like 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, could be shot back-to-back. Will Depp have time? >> Posted 12.03.10 by Ryan
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has had a bumpy beginning, with Keira Knightley deciding not to return for what will be the fourth Pirates movie. Rumors also spread that Johnny Depp wouldn't return after admitting a "crack" in his enthusiasm after Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook left (Depp later confirmed his return as Captain Jack Sparrow). Earlier this year, Orlando Bloom opted against a return as Will Turner, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer responded by adding new cast members Ian McShane as Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz as Blackbeard's daughter. The Black Pearl has been docked in Oahu since February awaiting production, and Disney has officially announced that production on Pirates 4 has officially begun, with director Rob Marshall overseeing a story about the Fountain of Youth. Read more details about Pirates 4's Story >> Posted 06.21.10 by Ryan
As long ago as March 2008, there was news that Jerry Bruckheimer was producing a live-action Lone Ranger movie and that Pirates of the Caribbean writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were working on the screenplay. Not much else was heard of the project until rumors started circulating in May of this year that Jack Sparrow, himself, Johnny Depp, would be starring in the film as Tonto, the Ranger's Native American partner.
In September, during a huge Walt Disney Pictures media blitz, Depp was officially announced to play Tonto. Recently, in a group interview in Santa Monica, Bruckheimer said that the project is still moving forward.
Elliot and Rossio worked on that also with some other writers and with Johnny. So they're creating something that has a kind of true-to-the-western [feel], but adding other additional elements like we did with Pirates so it won't be just a straight-ahead western.
According to some reports, the "additional elements" that Bruckheimer refers to may be the inclusion of some supernatural elements to the story, much in the same way Pirates incorporated historical and fantastical elements.
As for who will play the title role of the Lone Ranger, Bruckheimer said that it's still up in the air.
We're still creating a pretty wide net and figuring it out. It comes down to who is available when we want to make it. We have a wish list. Posted 11.04.09 by BrentJS