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
Collider caught up with producer Jerry Bruckheimer who confirmed that a script for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has been delivered, keeping the proposed production start date of spring 2010 on track.
On Stranger Tides will be based on a Tim Powers novel of the same name, which follows a sailor who falls in with Blackbeard's quest to find the Fountain of Youth. Powers told The LA Times that Disney optioned his book almost three years ago, but he was sworn to secrecy. Powers thinks that his characters won't be used in the script but the Fountain storyline will be.
I've watched all the movies several times, of course, and I think the clear thing they would use is the trip to the Fountain of Youth. My main character doesn't overlap with Jack Sparrow at all [in personality or circumstance]; they're totally different characters. I suppose they might overlap the Geoffrey Rush character Barbossa and Blackbeard. The only thing I feel certain they will hold on to is the Fountain of Youth since they telegraphed that at the end of the last movie.
Pirates screenwriter Terry Rossio confirmed to Empire that the Fountain of Youth storyline would be used, along with Blackbeard. However, that may be all that exists from Powers' book.
Posted 11.05.09 by Ryan
We wanted to do a story about Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth, and Tim Powers wrote a book about Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth ... it just turns out that to do that story you would need that book. It's a brilliant and Tim Powers is an amazing writer — and it's a great title. It allows us to draw material from that universe and his expertise.
I don't know if its proper to say it's based on it but there are enough common elements to think that the book had to be optioned to us to reasonably proceed along that story line.
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
Good news, kemosabes. Disney has announced plans to bring the Lone Ranger, the famed cowboy crimefighter with the least-convincing disguise ever, back to the big screen --Bruckheimer-style.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, superproducer Jerry Bruckheimer will be producing the flick, said to be about the masked rider's origin story, for the Mouse House, with Pirates of the Caribbean scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio tasked with writing the screenplay. First among their duties will be to find a way to turn outdated Native American stereotype Tonto into a hip, fast-talking sidekick with an arsenal of witty catchphrases. Hi-yo silver, dawg!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter Posted 03.28.08 by reelz