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.