Production is now underway in Queesnland, Australia on Pirates of the Caribbean 5…finally. The sequel has been a long time coming, and while Disney tried to get the follow-up off the ground rather quickly after the dreadful On Stranger Tides, star/moneymaker Johnny Depp “needed a minute.” Producer Jerry Bruckheimer enlisted Kon-Tiki helmers Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning to direct back in May 2013, and they’ve been developing the film ever since. Now, as production gets underway, Disney has unveiled the official Pirates of the Caribbean 5 synopsis and title (the latter of which we’ve known for a while now), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales:
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
As noted above, Javier Bardem plays the film’s villain, and he’s joined in the cast by Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), Brenton Thwaites (The Giver), and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone), with Geoffrey Rush, Kevin R. McNally, and Stephen Graham reprising their roles as Barbossa, Gibbs, and Scrum. The script was penned by Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Catch Me If You Can), making this the first Pirates film without writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.
After the terrible On Stranger Tides I can’t say I’m thrilled by the prospect of another Pirates of the Caribbean film, but maybe Sandberg and Rønning can bring back some of the weirdness that Gore Verbinski imbued the first three films with.
While Disney previously dated Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales for July 7, 2017, there’s no mention of that date in today’s press release. I imagine the release date still holds, but it’s possible Disney is hoping production is swift enough to get the movie in theaters by next year.
What do you think, folks? Are you ready to return to the world of Pirates, or have you had enough of Depp’s Jack Sparrow schtick? Sound off in the comments below.