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The Pirates franchise has been on a tumultuous road as of late, with former Disney chairman Dick Cook’s departure potentially putting the fourth film in jeopardy. But it looks like things are back on track for now, as Disney chairman Rich Ross has just made it official today that Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides will be shot in 3D. Speculation that the fourth film would be in 3D has been floating around the web as early as 2008.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is still scheduled for release on May 20, 2011, almost exactly a year from today.

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Will Rob Marshall Direct Pirates 4?

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Gore Verbinski stepped out of the captain’s cabin for Disney’s fourth Pirates of the Cariebbean film, but Variety’s BFDealMemo blog suggests the studio may have a new helmer in Rob Marshall. The blog reports that “sources say unless things break down at the last moment, Marshall will be steering the pirate vehicle’s next installment.” Marshall has three big features under his belt: Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha and Nine, to be released later this year. Is he the man to steer the Black Pearl into safe harbor? Read More »

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Disney’s Head of Production Oren Aviv tells ComingSoon that the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is gearing up to begin shooting early 2010

“We’re going to shoot Pirates 4 in April and May of next year,” Aviv said. “We are going to release it hopefully in 2011.”

Aviv also says that the plan is for Pirates 4 to “hopefully be the first of another trilogy,” which would be shot by itself, and not back-to-back like the previous Pirates sequels. No word on who will direct the new film. Series helmer
Gore Verbinski was originally attached to another Pirates film, but left to direct a big screen adaptation of the video game Bioshock. But as you probably know by now, Bioshock has stalled while the studio reassesses how to bring down the project’s budget.  With no start date in sight, Verbinski could possibly direct the fourth Pirates movie.

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Gore Verbinski is one of those directors who fills his plate with so many projects, that you’re not quite sure which ones, if any of them, will actually go into production. I think right now Verbinski is attached to produce an American remake of The Host , direct a segment of Heavy Metal , a live-action adaptation of the board game Clue , a film about a married guy who spends too much time with an MMORPG , a cowboy drama titled Big Hole, a big screen adaptation of BioShock, and Pirates of the Caribbean 4. So what is Verbinski going to do next?

Variety reports that Verbinski is going head first into the big screen adaptation of the popular video game BioShock which was announced almost a year ago. Verbinski informed producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he will not be in the director’s chair for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, which is expected to go into production in 2010. At the Walt Disney Presentation in September, it was announced that Johnny Depp was signed on for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, and while it was widely known that Verbinski wasn’t interested in doing another Pirates film, everyone just assumed he would return for one more.
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Last year it was rumored that Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) was in talks to play Captain Jack Sparrow’s (ie Johnny Depp) brother in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. We didn’t pick up the story at the time because it seemed dubious, especially since the source was one of those UK gossip newspapers. Well apparently there might have been some truth to it after all.

Brand admits to Access Hollywood that “there’s been some talk of doing a Pirates movie” but that his plate is already full with “eight other things” including the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off film Get Him To The Greek. And last we heard, producer Jerry Bruckheimer was targeting a 2012 release. So while Brand doesn’t “know if there’ll be time to be a pirate,” he admits that “it’s a possibility.” Brand definitely has the whacked-out sense of humor which, in theory, you would imagine could be inherent in Sparrow’s bloodline.

Discuss: Would you like to see Russell Brand as Jack Sparrow’s Brother?

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in 3D?

David Cohen on Variety‘s Thompson On Hollywood Blog says that Disney is probably planning to release a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film in Digital Disney 3D. A couple weeks ago super-duper-producer Jerry Bruckheimer told us that screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio are currently finishing up work on The Lone Ranger, before they start work on “the story and plot-lines” for a fourth Pirates film. When asked about the possibility of shooting some sequences of Pirates 4 in IMAX, Bruckheimer seemed enthusiastic about the idea.

But bottom line is, if it does happen, it probably won’t be any time soon. But will Pirates 4 be the first franchise film to take the leap and film in live-action 3D? Disney’s commitment to the technology is undeniable.

/Film was part of a small group of media outlets who spoke with producer Jerry Bruckheimer while in London on Tuesday afternoon. We asked if the rumors were true: has George Clooney had been cast alongside Johnny Depp (previously announced) in The Lone Ranger.

“We haven’t decided who is going to play the Lone Ranger yet. We’ll get a director first and then figure it out.”

Bruckheimer also said that screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio are currently hard at work finishing The Lone Ranger script and working on “the story and plot-lines” for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film. When asked about the possibility of shooting some sequences of Pirates 4 in IMAX, Bruckheimer responded:

“Absolutely, I’d love to do it. Lets just see if we can work it through the production schedule with everything else.”

This is the same response we have gotten from most filmmakers and producers. I’ll be excited when I begin to see them making a commitment to the huge screen.

Johnny Depp To Earn $56 Million For Pirates 4?

According to The Daily Mail (read: grain of salt), Johnny Depp will be paid £32,000,000 (about $56 million) for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean 4. This would make Depp the highest paid actor (up-front) in film history. Tom Hanks supposedly made an estimated $50 million for the Da Vinci Code follow-up Angels & Demons. Keanu Reeves holds the record of the highest paid actor of all time after the fact. Reeves made $20 million plus 15% of the gross for the two Matrix sequels, which equals out to an estimated $194 million (or $97 million a film).

Regardless of if this contact makes Depp the highest paid actor in Hollywood or not, one thing is for sure – its a lot of cash for just one movie role. If true, this pretty much confirms that Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom would not be back for the sequel (so wouldn’t it technically be a spin-off?). The first three Pirates of the Caribbean films grossed over $2.68 billion worldwide, so $42 million plus some points on the back end is very reasonable as another film is essentially like printing money.

Discuss: Is Johnny Depp Or Any Actor Worth Paying $56 Million?

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