Disney is very optimist about the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” installment, “On Stranger Tides.” Disney is so confident the sequel will be a sure summer hit, in fact, that apparently the cast and crew have been informed to keep their calendars open so “Pirates” 5 and 6 can be filmed back to back.
The question is, when will this happen? Johnny Depp will be busy filming “The Lone Ranger” and “Dark Shadows” next year. Then there is the script. Will the sequels be based upon previous source material, like the novel written by Tim Powers of which “On Stranger Tides” is based? That’s not very original if you ask me. Not that originality helped the last two sequels, which brings me to my next point.
I think it’s time Johnny Depp starts utilizing the word “no.” Granted, Depp said in a few interviews his love for the Jack Sparrow character is what prompted him to sign onto the fourth film and he’d gladly do more. I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Even though the first movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” was excellent, the second “Dead Man’s Chest” was just okay and I’m still trying to figure out what “At World’s End” was all about.
Belly-aching aside, I do enjoy watching Depp portray one of the most iconic characters ever created. He is Jack Sparrow. So, when “On Stranger Tides” opens May 20, I’ll ignore the fact Gore Verbinksi wasn’t involved. I will also attempt to forget that director Rob Marshall, who brought to the screen the amazing “Chicago” and the disappointing “Nine,” took the helm instead, in the hopes the movie won’t be as weak and all-over-the-place as “At World’s End” was.
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