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Caribbean Cruz?

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Elizabeth Swann was like the Leia to his Jack Sparrow’s Han. Except she ended up with Will Turner’s Luke. Who wasn’t her brother. This analogy just got weird…
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Pirates 4 Finds Director?

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End dragged on for so long it seems almost impossible to believe that anyone could already be in the mood for another nigh-on three hours of CGI hi-jinks on the high seas.
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Pirates 4 On The Horizon

Cash-surfing producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed that Disney are moving ahead with a fourth Pirates of the Carribbean.
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Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 – Johnny Depp To Get $75m?

pirates-of-the-caribbean-4-johnny-depp-picture.jpgReports are starting to emerge that should Johnny Depp decide to reprise his role as captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 (something that is looking fairly likely as of writing) then Disney would be willing to pay him 32 million pounds (roughly $75 million) upfront for the performance. This would be the largest up front payment an actor has ever received for anything ever.

A source said:

“It’s a hell of a lot of money for one movie but there’s only one man who can play Captain Jack Sparrow – and that’s Johnny Depp.

Pirates just wouldn’t be the same without him, so they were more than willing to smash the record books to land Depp again. He’s been the star of the show every time.”

This report raises a few issues in my mind;

1) Is Depp (or any actor) worth $75 million?
Few would argue that Johnny Depp is one of the better actors working today, but is it really worth that kind of money? Would a new ‘pirates’ film make $75 million less if Depp was not involved? Personally I think the next ‘pirates’ film will be an absolute juggernaut regardless of Depp’s involvement. They say no-one else can play the role but new actors have successfully replaced others in the past.

2) Has the franchise run its course?
Personally, I loved the original ‘pirates’ film, it was a surprisingly endearing film that succeeded mostly through word of mouth. Pirates 2 however had to live up to the success of the first film and fell far short of that feat, and the less said about the mess that was pirates 3 the better. So the question is; does anyone want to see a fourth movie? News that Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are unlikely to appear give me hope, but not enough to hand over my hard-earned money.

3) Is the money better spent elsewhere?
One of the main problems with the second and third pirates films were that the story and script were all over the place. Surely you could hire a brilliant screenwriter for a fraction of the $75 million who could potentially increase the profit on the film more than hiring Depp.

4) Will Depp bring his A-game?
Huge paychecks like this are most common in Hollywood when a studio is desperate to snag an actor or actress who does not want to be snagged for some reason. If they’re having to offer Depp this ridiculous sum to make him consider coming back, I doubt he’s going to bring his full passion to the role, it seems like he’s moved on and Disney are trying desperately to not let him go.

Ultimately I think Depp’s involvement in the franchise is irrelevant. I think that Disney are going to keep pumping out sequel after sequel, of ever decreasing quality, until they stop making money, at which point they will find another dead horse to flog.

Source: Monsters And Critics

Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 – Sequel Plans

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A year on from the open end of the last installment, what condition is Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 in?

Money talks in Hollywood, and Pirates is the most profitable film series lying dormant right now. The trilogy has so far made $2.79 billion worldwide, with parts 2 and 3 both among the top five biggest grossing movies of all time. Every other franchise at the top is still active, working on churning out new movies or TV shows. So don’t expect Pirates to lie dormant much longer.

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One of the writers said last year “It’s like the fourth Indiana Jones picture – there are forces in play to make it happen, and forces in play to make it not happen. I think we will try to write a screenplay.”

What is that screenplay likely to contain? Expect a journey to the ‘Fountain Of Youth’. Why? At the close of ‘World’s End’ Jack Sparrow was seen studying a map to that very spring:

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(‘Aqua de Vita’ is the water of life which flows from the Fountain Of Youth)

And it’s a strong story direction to go in. Unless National Treasure 3 is made first – because that’s rumoured to have the same idea behind it.

Keira Knightley has said she doesn’t want to appear in another Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. Orlando Bloom’s career needs Pirates much more than Knightley’s does. But you can’t lose one character and keep the other. If she’s jumping ship, you can bet he will be written out too.

Johnny Depp, on the other hand, has said he loves playing Jack Sparrow and would gladly return if the script was right. “I feel there is a lot more territory to explore with Captain Jack. I’ve never really felt I’m done with playing the character, so why shouldn’t we try a fourth and a fifth?”

This reshaping of the cast is backed up by an established Disney insider. He reports that the current thinking at the studio is that Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 will “toss the Elizabeth and Will characters over the side in favour of doing a bawdy buddy picture which would star Jack Sparrow and Barbossa. Where both captains of the Black Pearl would initially be competing for the exact same prize. Eventually, all the double crossing would have to stop as these two rivals were then forced to join forces in order to defeat some supernatural terror.”

An AintItCool spy claims Disney are considering a 2011 release date.

So would you want to see a Pirates Of The Caribbean 4? Which characters would you keep/get rid of? Is the Fountain Of Youth the best plot to go with, or would you have something else?

Sources: Jim Hill Media, AintItCool,
Monsters And Critics, Cinematical

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