As of this writing, we know that Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, written by Jeff Nathanson and directed by Kon-Tiki‘s Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who are aiming for a 2016 release. Everything else that follows can be filed squarely under “rumor”. We’ve got a few new possible plot details for the fifth installment of the high-seas fanchise, along with a pair of actors who could be starring alongside Depp, plus a host of character descriptions. It’ll be interesting to say the least if it all turns out to be true, but there’s a good chance it’s nothing but bilge. Hit the jump for more.
Though Disney appeared to be moving right along with the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the studio pulled the film from its summer 2015 release date yesterday and is now looking at a possible 2016 release instead. Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have been attached to direct for a few months now, but the reason for the delay apparently has to do with the shape of the script. Rønning and Sandberg weren’t 100% happy with Jeff Nathanson’s outline for the material, and production was looking to get underway in March which meant the duo would have to prep shooting with only an outline to go by and not a finished script. Nathanson is now working on a rewrite of the material, and the extra time will be devoted to making sure the script is in top shape and trying to bring the film’s budget down below $200 million.
While the behind-the-scenes details for Pirates 5 have been pretty clear, we still know nothing about the film’s plot. That may now have changed, though, as a rundown for the story of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has apparently gone online. Hit the jump to read on.
Originally slated to open on July 10, 2015, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is now drifting towards a 2016 release date. The studio’s reason for the delay: to take the time with this particular installment in order to make sure it’s as good as it can be. Disney isn’t exactly hurting for summer 2015 releases, as we reported in yesterday’s news that Ant-Man would be making a leap from November to July. They’ve also got Pixar’s Inside Out and The Avengers: Age of Ultron opening up, so I think they’ll be okay. No confirmation on just when Star Wars: Episode VII is landing, but news for now has us waiting another year for Pirates.
Johnny Depp will return to star in the film, reportedly titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3) wrote the screenplay, and Kon-Tiki‘s Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will direct. (Via THR)
If you were eagerly awaiting the title for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, I personally don’t understand that. In any case, you no longer have to wait because This Is Infamous is reporting that the full title for the fifth Pirates movie will be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. If the film is as bad as the last one, I’m sure there will be a rush on lame review headlines reading: “Dead Men Tell Bad Tales” or “This Is a Tale That Shouldn’t Have Been Told”. If the film is a success, well, I’m a bit skeptical considering how much I disliked On Stranger Tides. And if Tell No Tales is just as bad and just as big of a box office hit, I’ll stand by for the sixth movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Who Gives a Shit.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is set to open on July 10, 2015. Johnny Depp will return to star, Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3) wrote the screenplay, and Kon-Tiki‘s Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will direct.
The box office failure of Disney’s The Lone Ranger looks like it will have ramifications for the studio’s upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean 5. While Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have already been tapped to direct the next Pirates film and production is poised to begin later this year, Disney is apparently making a few changes behind the scenes. As a result of the studio being forced to take a $160-$190 million writedown for The Lone Ranger, producer Jerry Bruckheimer may lose final cut on Pirates 5. Moreover, Disney is apparently looking to trim the budget on the next Jack Sparrow adventure. Hit the jump for more.
With director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger opening this Wednesday, Disney held a big press junket Santa Fe, New Mexico. While I’ve done a lot of interviews, it was incredibly cool to be talking to the cast and filmmakers with the beautiful New Mexico desert behind us. If you’ve missed the trailers, the story focuses on John Reid (Armie Hammer) surviving an attack, being saved by Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the two teaming up to fight injustice. As you can see in this featurette, the production went to enormous lengths to film the majority of The Lone Ranger practically, and they shot at some amazing locations all around the country. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter.
During my interview with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, he talked about what he likes to collect, which scene he was nervous to shoot, which location impressed him the most, deleted scenes, and more. In addition, he also gave me an update on Pirates of the Caribbean 5. He said they plan on filming “end of this year, beginning of next year.” Hit the jump to watch.
Disney has finally settled on a director for the upcoming fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and it’s a somewhat surprising choice. We learned earlier this month that Disney had narrowed the director list down to Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman), Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), and now Deadline reports that the directing duo of Rønning and Sandberg has landed the job. Rønning and Sandberg are best known for helming last year’s Norwegian action/adventure film Kon-Tiki, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Hit the jump for more.
Production on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5 isn’t expected to kick off until later this year or early next year, but the choice for director should be in within the next few weeks. Here’s the reported short list:
- Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman)
- Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki)
- Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman)
Deadline reports that the Kon-Tiki co-directors are the names that are coming up most often in discussions. Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) has been tapped to pen the fifth installment of the property. Check out what producer Jerry Bruckheimer had to say about the picture in a recent interview with Steve.
Shortly before producer Jerry Bruckheimer hit the CinemaCon stage in Las Vegas to talk about The Lone Ranger (watch the new trailer here), I landed a short video interview with him on the red carpet backstage. Since I knew my time would be very limited, I decided to ask the most important question first: What will it take to get Bad Boys 3 made!
In addition to asking about a Bad Boys sequel, he also discussed his reaction to seeing the finished cut of The Lone Ranger, how they decided which footage to show at CinemaCon, and the status of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and National Treasure 3. He says they’re working on scripts for both, with a team of writers working on National Treasure 3 and Ted Elliot/Terry Rossio and Jeff Nathanson writing Pirates 5. Hit the jump to watch.
In addition to the big franchise news that Jurassic Park IV will be opening in 2014, Disney has just announced the screenwriter for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) has been tapped to pen the fifth installment of the property kept afloat by star Johnny Depp as Cap’n Jack Sparrow. Depp was “close” to signing on for the film back in 2011, but has yet to officially do so. It’s also unclear whether previous co-stars like Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley will return. What is clear is that the multi-billion-dollar franchise is sailing forward. Hit the jump for more on Nathanson and Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Premiering at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Sergio Castellitto‘s Twice Born. Based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Mazzantini, the film stars Penelope Cruz as a single mother who returns with her teen son to present-day Sarajevo where her son’s father (Emile Hirsch) died during the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s. As she tries to repair the relationship with her son, new revelations force her to rethink everything. The film also stars Mira Fulran and Jane Birkin and you can watch the first trailer here.
Before the world premiere, I landed an exclusive interview with Penelope Cruz. We talked about a broad array of things, such as premiering at TIFF, social networking and email, why she wanted to make Twice Born, the type of research she does for a role, rehearsals, how many takes she likes to do and the way Woody Allen works, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Pedro Almovodar‘s I’m So Excited (where she finally works with Antonio Banderas) and more. In addition, with Cruz currently filming Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, we talked about why she signed on to the project and who she plays. Hit the jump for the audio and transcript.
With Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers hitting Blu-ray and DVD this week (click here to buy in on Amazon), I recently got to visit ILM in San Francisco to talk with some of the visual effect supervisors. While many movies have amazing effects, it’s only when you combine them with a great story and interesting characters that you get something special, like The Avengers.
During my interview with Animation Director Marc Chu, we talked about what it was like to work on The Avengers, creating the Hulk transformation, Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean, what Hulk effects they will be able to do in The Avengers sequel that they couldn’t accomplish in the first film, the length of time he spends on a project, deleted scenes, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
In a recent interview with Geoffrey Rush, the Pirates of the Caribbean star confessed he had no idea when the fifth installment would be going forward. But now we know where it’s going, at least. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 appears to be headed to Puerto Rico to start shooting this November. That’s good news, since the status of the film is somewhat in flux, with Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) possibly returning to direct and the script in the process of being finalized. As we all know, the next installment (and the franchise itself) sets its course by its star, Johnny Depp. Should we expect to see him in Puerto Rico this fall? Hit the jump for more.
Recently, I was invited to visit the ILM Campus in the Bay Area to discuss the development of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and see some of the new Blu-ray features that Disney has developed for the disc. While touring the effects house, I got to talk to visual effects art director Aaron McBride and visual effects supervisor Ben Snow.
During the interviews, Snow and McBride told me about how pirate maps influence the design of the films, why they can’t reuse digital armatures, what it’s like to be nominated for an Oscar, how the director influences the effects work, and more. Read on for the complete interviews and a list of the 15 things I learned.
When DVD first hit the scene it was, to steal a phrase from Disney’s Aladdin, “A whole new world.” The bonus features let cinephiles behind the scenes for the first time and laid bare the often-arduous mechanics behind crafting a feature film. But, as the medium matured, many of these features became stagnant. Now, with the advent of Blu-ray and the connectivity opportunities offered by iPads, film studios are once again finding new ways to expand upon the medium of bonus features.
Disney is out ahead of the pack, using big-ticket releases like Bambi and now Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to introduce new ways to interact with the film and encourage consumers to buy, rather than rent. Read on to hear about the new, “Second Screen” technology.