Official Synopsis for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES; Filming Now Underway

     June 21, 2010

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Today, we received a press release announcing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides filming is currently underway in Hawaii. The movie will also shoot in the United Kingdom and Los Angeles.  The press release also provides an official synopsis.

The fourth installment in the $2.7 billion franchise is being shot in Disney Digital 3D and returns both Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbosa along with series newcomers Ian McShane as Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz as Blackbeard’s daughter. Rob Marshall (Chicago) is directing and the story will focus on a race to find the Fountain of Youth.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis.

Though director Gore Verbinski, who did the first three films, has moved on, screen writers Ted Eilliot & Terry Rossio are back. Here’s the official plot synopsis:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise -this time in Disney Digital 3D(TM). In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love-or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.”

Mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been tweeting pictures from production, such as Marshall arriving to set on a jet ski.  Bruckheimer has promised to keep tweeting photos once he’s done releasing The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Personally, the movie seems like it could be a whole bunch of fun but feels totally unnecessary. I just hope Sparrow doesn’t make it to the Fountain of Youth at the end, cause then Bruckheimer has an excuse to make these movies forever. Three was already enough, I’ll see four because it’s being shot in 3D , but I don’t want to see these films keep getting worse and worse, as has already been the case.

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