If you take the plunge and watch Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides this weekend, you might leave the theater wondering how the hell that movie was greenlit. Sometimes it all starts with a pitch meeting, and the video below is a recreation of how pitching ideas to Jerry Bruckheimer might really work. It will put Pirates 4 into perspective.

This comedy piece is by Nathan Gotsch, and is obviously timed to coincide with the premiere of the latest Pirates film. But the best comedy hits close to home, and it isn’t too difficult to watch this short and imagine half these films being pitched around Hollywood by some eager and misguided young writer. Endless reconfigurations of the same hits are where it’s at, so why not find sixteen new ways to combine Con Air, The Rock and Top Gun?

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