While the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides, won't hit theaters until May 20, it seems that the folks at Disney are already gearing up for a fifth. Scribe Terry Rossio, who's co-written this year's release, along with previous Pirates films, Curse of the Black Pearl and At World's End, is now officially locked-in as the lone writer on this next swashbuckling adventure of the park attraction-turned-film-
While the critical component of getting star Johnny Depp on board is not officially a done deal, Deadline reports that a deal structure is in place which will more than likely draw him into the film. Regardless, the move may prove a bold display of confidence in the now nearly-decade-old Pirates franchise. However, could it be a bit premature?
Rumors had actually sparked late last year that, much like the process of filming the last two Pirates films, that parts 5 and 6 would allegedly shoot back-to-back, essentially completing what would be a second trilogy of films. Regardless, there seemed to be a general feeling in the air that On Stranger Tides ("Pirates 4") would indeed be the last film, serving as a sort of exclamation point or character study of Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow after the initial trilogy had the romance of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley's Will and Elizabeth in focus. While no news has since come about the sixth film, the news of Terry Rossio and Rob Marshall being locked-in only for part 5 could be taken to mean that Disney might be playing things by ear regarding how the franchise performs this summer before they commit to part 6. While the franchise was undoubtedly a box-office juggernaut, it will be returning after a four-year hiatus and gauging how audiences will react to a series with so many existing sequels may be difficult. Ennui can be a deadly thing to juggernauts.
How are you feeling about the Pirates franchise? Is part 5 jumping the gun? Or is it still a sure bet?