Production Begins on Pirates of the Caribbean 4
06.21.10 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.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise — this time in Disney Digital 3D™. In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love — or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
[Geoffrey] Rush reprises his role as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally returns as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs. [Sam] Claflin stars as a stalwart missionary, while [Astrid] Berges-Frisbey is transformed into a mysterious mermaid.
Pirates veteran screenwriters Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot wrote the script for the sequel, which was loosely inspired by Tim Powers' novel. Shooting will begin in Kauai and Oahu, Hawaii, before moving to location in the United Kingdom and Los Angeles.