Three years after Disney released Maleficent, a live-action exploration of the horned villain of their animated classic Sleeping Beauty, the studio is moving full steam ahead on a sequel. Angelina Jolie is set to return as the title character, and now a new report says that Disney is looking to keep things in the family when it comes to a director: they’re in talks with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-director Joachim Rønning to take the reins of Maleficent 2.
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I’ll be straight with you: I’m not a big fan of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The first Pirates film had the benefit of extremely low expectations back in 2003, and I don’t think the film series has ever been able to truly recapture the magic of the lightning in a bottle they managed to snag the first time around. Pirates 5 was notorious for its difficult production: delays, rewrites, budget woes, and an injury to star Johnny Depp that caused the production to shut down for two weeks.
So when I attended the press junket and found that co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) were giving interviews separately instead of being paired together, I knew I had to ask them a tough, uncomfortable question about whether or not this movie had a negative impact on their working relationship. To their credit, they didn’t throw me out of the room – and it sounds like while the shoot was indeed difficult, they ultimately had a good experience making it. Read our Pirates 5 interview with the filmmakers below.
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Disney is practically overrun with film franchises these days, but since Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made over a billion dollars worldwide back in 2011, another sequel was inevitable. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arrives in theaters this Friday, but what are the early reviews saying?
The consensus: maybe this film isn’t quite as good as the early buzz coming out of CinemaCon a few months ago seemed to indicate.
Find out more in our Pirates 5 reviews round-up below.
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Michael Crichton‘s best work always tends to read like fleshed-out screenplay. Few “airport novelists” (and I use that term with affection) were so effective at relaying blockbuster-sized action on the page, at vividly depicting what feels like a major Hollywood story in 500 or so breathless pages. It’s no wonder that his work continues to inspire adaptations nearly a decade after his death.
The latest novel to embark on a journey to the big screen is Micro and the project has nabbed a Pirates of the Caribbean director and a producer with his fair share of Crichton experience.
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The new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales features some onscreen text that feels like a threat to Disney shareholders and a promise to everyone who wishes Johnny Depp would just go way. “The final adventure begins” the trailer declares in-between shots of Captain Jack Sparrow prancing across dangerous ground and Javier Bardem doing…whatever the hell Javier Bardem is doing in this movie (and whatever it is, I think I dig it).
So, it’s time to ask the big question: is Disney actually planning to cap off the Pirates of the Caribbean series with the fifth movie? Are they doing this, for the lack of a more eloquent term, for realsies?
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Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Angie Han
Captain Jack is back. Disney has just unveiled the first full Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer — and unlike the teaser trailer or the Super Bowl spot, which barely showed Johnny Depp at all, there’s plenty of him in this one. There’s even a younger version of Jack floating around, in case you don’t like him in his present state.
This time, he’s being pursued by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), a royally pissed-off ghost who’s out to kill every pirate in the sea. But especially Jack, whom he blames for a tragedy in his past. Fortunately for Jack, he’s got some help in the form of two new sidekicks played by Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario . Watch the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer below. Read More »
After dabbling in a number of sci-fi movies like Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow while also continuing his penchant for old-fashioned action and adventure with the Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher franchises, Tom Cruise is getting ready to head back, way back, to the past.
Tom Cruise has been slated to lead Methuselah, a Biblical tale following the title character who was said to live 969 years according to the Hebrew Bible. Find out more about the Methuselah movie after the jump. Read More »
A new cast member will join Captain Jack Sparrow on whatever adventures the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean holds. It’s Brenton Thwaites, a name you may not know, but you will soon. He was recently in Oculus as well as The Giver, The Signal, Malificent and the upcoming Son of a Gun. (Which just released a new trailer. Good timing!) In the film, directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Thwaites will play a key British solider. Filming will start in 2015 aimed at a July 2017 release. Read more about the Brenton Thwaites Pirates 5 casting below. Read More »
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is currently in limbo, thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Iger did a conference call on Tuesday and made it rain with news. He mentioned The Incredibles 2, Star Wars Episode VII, and also mentioned that, despite directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg being attached, the studio has yet to green light the long-in-development fifth film in the mega-blockbuster franchise starring Johnny Depp. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Gritty superhero origin stories are a dime a dozen these days, but the latest pop culture icon to get the treatment wasn’t crafted by Marvel or DC. It’s Santa Claus, that most enduring and endearing of childhood figures.
Sony has made a seven-figure deal for Winter’s Knight, a “reimagining” of Saint Nick’s backstory that folds in elements of Viking mythology. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the duo behind Kon-Tiki and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean 5, are on board to direct. Learn more about the new project after the jump.
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