Blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer always has marquee projects in the works. One of his biggest, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, was set to release its fifth entry—reportedly titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—on July 10, 2015. But the film was delayed so that directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) would have more time to work on the script with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3). In a recent interview, Bruckheimer provided an update on the film saying he ‘”hopes to ‘get that going” by this fall or end of the year’ if everything lines up properly.” I can’t imagine Disney wanting to let the franchise rest for long, especially since its latest entry, On Stranger Tides, raked in over a billion dollars worldwide. Bruckheimer also said Johnny Depp is expected to come back (I don’t see how you make these movies without him) and “they’d be happy to have Keith Richards return.”
Hit the jump for what Bruckheimer had to say about Beverly Hills Cop 4.
When we last checked in on Beverly Hills Cop 4 several months ago, Bruckheimer had closed a deal with Paramount to produce the movie. Brett Ratner is also set to direct the movie as his follow up to this summer’s Hercules. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) are penning the screenplay, and Eddie Murphy is set to return as Axel Foley.
Bruckheimer wouldn’t go into details about the plot beyond telling THR, “We’re going to take Eddie [Murphy] back to Detroit. He’s going to be in Beverly Hills… So we’re going to have some fun with him.” As for when the movie might start rolling cameras, Bruckheimer says they’re finishing up the script and hoping to start shooting at the end of summer or in early fall. I’d be surprised if they could get it up and running by the end of summer since I’m not sure how much time Ratner will have for pre-production if he’s doing post-production and press for Hercules, which opens July 25th.