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.
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 »
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.
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?
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.
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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I just spent the last six and a half hours in the Kodak Theater in Hollywood watching Disney’s big keynote event. So the next few stories will be about the big announcements that came out of the presentation.
Johnny Depp has been cast in the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer produced adaptation of the classic old-time radio and early television show The Lone Ranger created by George W. Trendle. The series followed a masked Texas Ranger in the Old West who rights injustices with the aid of his native American assistant, Tonto. He gallops along on his white horse Silver. The character’s signature quote is “Hi-yo, Silver, away!” Depp will play Tonto. Pirates of the Caribbean writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have been writing the script. No start or release dates have been announced.
Depp must have signed a multi-picture deal with the studio, because it was also announced that the actor would play The Madd Hatter in Tim Burton‘s 3D part live-action, part computer animated adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Principal photography is set to begin in November, with a March 5th 2010 release date previously announced. Concept art from the film was shown, showing the classic Alice in Wonderland scenes done in Tim Burton style, complete with curved and slanted corners. Everything is really stylized. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb have huge heads, and are shaped like upward missiles. None of the characters look like a dramatic departure from the traditional designs.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Richard W. “Dick” Cook announced “How about another pirates movie!?” signaling that Depp was now signed for Pirates of the Caribbean 4.
Discuss: What do you think of the choice of Depp as The Lone Ranger or Madd Hatter? Do we really need another Pirates film?
A tipster at AICN claims to have inside knowledge Disney’s plan to make 2011 a year of sequels. Again, none of this is confirmed, but let’s take a look at what we know so far about the projects mentioned:
TRON 3D: It was reported last year that Commercial director Joseph Kosinski was in talks to direct “the next chapter” of TRON, although we’ve heard this isn’t necessarily a sequel (you can check out some of Kosinski’s commercial work here). Word is that Disney is shooting to release the film in Digital Disney 3D in Sprint 2011.
Cars 2: We’ve heard rumblings of a Cars sequel for the last couple years, and according to this report, Disney is shooting for a 2011 release. I find it hard to believe that Disney/Pixar really wants another Cars film, considering it took in less at the box office than Pixar’s previous efforts. Brad Bird also spoke of how sequels was not in Pixar’s business plan, while speaking at WonderCon 2007:
“At Pixar, the bottom line is the story that you’re telling. And Pixar does not look at sequels as a financial plan. We feel we have a relation ship with the audience and that they believe in each movie we put out. We believe completely in every movie we put out. If I can come up with a story that is as good or better than that first film, then I’d love to return to that world, but it would have to be story first.”
Pirates of the Caribbean 4: Disney has been developing a fourth film in the Pirates franchise following the release of At World’s End. Rumor has it that the new film will be a spin-off following Captain Jack Sparrow, the character played by Johnny Depp. Many have speculated that Depp will be on a journey to find either the lost city of Atlantis or a more contained budget-friendly search for the Fountain of Youth. I’m sure Disney is eyeing a late May, June or early July release as that was the release schedule for Black Pearl, World’s End and Dead Man’s Chest.
National Treasure 3: And while the AICN tipster knows only of a possible 2011 release date, Jim Hill reported last month on a plot description making the rounds: “which would supposedly send the Gates family off to Easter Island and beyond in search of Atlantis. More importantly, the pure, clean power source that was supposedly lost forever when this ancient civilization sank beneath the sea. Which – were it to be harnessed today – would immediately put an end to global warming. Not to mention making gas & oil obsolete.” Could this be the information hidden on Page 47 of the President’s book? The first two National Treasure films were released in November/December, to take advantage of the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays, so plan for Disney to repeat this formula.