The fifth movies in two franchises both have significant updates today. Justin Lin, who just finished another fifth franchise movie with Fast Five, exclusively spoke to MTV about his plans for Terminator 5, which he’ll direct with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role. Not not only did he deny recent reports that the original cast will be back for the new film but hinted that he doesn’t want to be beholden to the continuity of the third and fourth films in the series: Terminator: Rise of the Machines directed by Jonathan Mostow and Terminator Salvation directed by McG. Plus, he’s unsure if he’ll tackle that film next or the sequel to Fast Five.

In other “five” news, screenwriter Terry Rossio has already finished, and turned into Disney, the script for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. With the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, mere weeks away from release, everyone seems excited about the follow up except one key component: Johnny Depp. He’ll do it, but says “We should hold off for a bit.”

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In October, we visited the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Over the next few days we’ll be posting interviews we conducted on set with the cast and crew. Today I bring you a transcript of our roundtable chat with co-screenwriter Terry Rossio. Here is a short quote from Rossio:

“The key to Jack Sparrow is that he’s the trickster, so he is an archetypal character. That type of character doesn’t show up in American cinema that much. You go to Bugs Bunny to get the classic kind of tricksters. And the key to the trickster character, is that that character is environmentally based. Jack Sparrow is not that good at not getting caught for example, (interviewer laughs) you can catch him. He’s caught all the time, the thing is is that you can’t hang on to him because what he does is, he starts tap dancing, and he starts blowing smoke and he starts talking circles around you. And what he’s doing it, is he’s looking for the opportunity because the ultimate thing about Jack Sparrow is he has faith and conviction in himself that the world is going to turn his way eventually. Maybe not now, maybe now he’s down and out, maybe his ship is sinking, maybe he’s drunk, maybe he’s in prison whatever. But he knows, he has faith through long experience that if he just hangs on long enough, there’ll be a little bit of fate that will turn things his way that he can actually use to his advantage. “

Read the whole interview after the jump.

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Despite The Tourist performing well-below domestic expectations, no one would argue the drawing power of Johnny Depp. The famously reclusive actor generally stays out of the spotlight long enough to pick and choose whatever projects he wants to do and then he usually does them incredibly well. A few years back, Depp had a reputation for being so choosy with his roles that he probably never would have agreed to a big budget sequel, let alone two of them.

Fast-forward to 2011 and Johnny Depp has his fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides peaking up over the horizon (it opens May 20) and in a new interview he says that he’d even be game for a fifth installment. Just in case, Disney has already rehired Terry Rossio, who co-wrote the first four films, to write a script for a fifth. Read the exact quote and more after the break. Read More »

Walt Disney Pictures has premiered the first official production photos from the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in the latest issue of USA Today. Check them out now after the jump.
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Briefly: After making three Pirates of the Caribbean films together, Gore Verbinski and Terry Rossio must have developed a working creative shorthand. Let’s hope so, as they’re now paired for Magical Law, a TV series for Fox that will be a cop/legal story with a supernatural bent. That might be the worst TV series title since Cop Rock, but as for the actual material, there could be potential.

Terry Rossio is writing, and the setup features “a world where the existence of supernatural beings is commonplace and follows the specialized cops and lawyers who face the unique challenges of prosecuting otherworldly crimes.” So it’s sounding like the version of Law & Order that might exist in the New York of Ghostbusters. But it also sounds like a version of Supernatural Law, or a mash-up of a half-dozen other comics and shows that people will be very quick to name. (The title screams Piers Anthony to me.) Might need some refinement; maybe the characters will really make it seem more unique.

Both men are exec producers along with Jeff Rake; Mr. Verbinski might direct the pilot if things go that far. [Deadline]

Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Go Lightspeed


Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have acquired a pitch from screenwriters Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilii for low-seven figures against $3.5 million. For those of you who don’t know — this kind of price for a pitch in Hollywood these days is HUGE. So what is it about? The epic space adventure pitch is called Lightspeed.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

When Disney recently confirmed the development of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Cinematical’s Erik “Eagle Eye” Davis realized that there was also a pirate novel by the same name. (On Stranger Tides, that is.) Now we’ve learned that Disney had indeed optioned the novel (years ago) and that it forms, at least in some small part, a basis for the movie. Writer Terry Rossio and novel author Tim Powers have both spoken up about the film and how it relates to the novel. Read More »

/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.

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?

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Jerry Bruckheimer Revamps The Lone Ranger

The Lone RangerAnd who said the Western wasn’t making a comeback? The writing team behind Pirates of the Caribbean (yes, the whole series, not just the first movie) have reteamed with super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer for The Lone Ranger.

Adapted from the 1930’s radio show, which later became a popular live-action television show in the 1950’s. The Lone Ranger is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices, usually with the aid of a clever and laconic American Indian sidekick called Tonto, and his horse Silver. He would famously say “Hi-yo Silver, away!” to get the horse to gallop. Hollywood has tried to remake the Lone Ranger twice now, a 1981 film titled The Legend of the Lone Ranger and a 2003 WB television movie/pilot, both of which were not well accepted.

Disney won’t confirm the project (of course) but Entertainment Weekly says that Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot are “trying to create a new juggernaut for Bruckheimer to exploit”, and this is it. But to me, The Lone Ranger seems too goody goody for modern day kids to accept. The whole western world seems to bore most children. But then again, I also said that a movie based on a Disney theme park ride would probably be a huge failure (and Pirates, and the series it off shot, was quite the opposite… at-least financially).

So which actor should play the new Lone Ranger?

sources: EW, Wikipedia