A script for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was completed before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides even hit theaters. That film then was hammered critically and producer Jerry Bruckheimer called for rewrites on the fifth film, saying the script wasn’t good enough. It seemed like people were calling for director Rob Marshall‘s head, too.

Now Marshall is the one offering an update on the fifth film, suggesting he’ll be the one who eventually directs it. Read the quote below.

Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the quote. Here’s Marshall:

Terry [Rossio] is writing it and he’s working incredibly hard and he did a draft and rethought it all and started working on it again. You want to make sure you are asking the audience to come back to see an exciting adventure and it has to reach that caliber, and if not there’s no reason to do it. I know Johnny feels the same way: He needs to see a script, but he would be happy — if it’s the right script — to put that hat and sword back on.

That’s a good thing. The script is, obviously, the most important part of the process early on and though some fans loved Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the film was a massive, massive financial success, it’s very encouraging that they’re taking the criticism into account.

Does Marshall providing this information mean he’ll direct, though? It certainly seems like it, which would probably be the easiest thing from a production standpoint. Plus, we know Depp is a big Marshall fan and no matter who the director is or who puts up the money, this is Johnny Depp’s franchise.

Are you a fan of On Stranger Tides? Do you think a fifth Pirates film is necessary or just a money grab?

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