We recently posted some set photos of Johnny Depp in costume as Tonto in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger; one of those photos featured a gently-used railroad caboose. In a new batch of set photos, that railroad car is central to a practical stunt sequence that involves Depp and the Lone Ranger himself, Armie Hammer. As a bonus, we’ve included a video that lets you see the duo in action during the stunt (sort of). While no horses were involved in the train car stunt, we do have some shots of Depp and Hammer with their respective steeds. Hit the jump to check them out. The Lone Ranger rides into theaters July 3rd, 2013.
Director Rob Marshall is heading back to musicals. After helming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Marshall signed on to direct a remake of the 1934 film The Thin Man with Johnny Depp attached to star, and now he’s set to reteam with Disney on a feature film version of Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale-themed musical Into the Woods. Marshall got his start as a choreographer before bursting onto the scene with 2002’s Oscar-winning movie musical Chicago, and now he’s poised to return to the world of song and dance. Hit the jump for more.
As a fan of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, it’s going to be tough to find a bigger disappointment in 2011 than Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While it would be reasonable to expect that the sequel may not be as good as the original trilogy, the extent to which the film misunderstands story, pacing, action scenes, its own history, and its main characters, is mind-boggling. The film does almost nothing right and it’s a tedious chore that sails through gigantic plotholes, lazy screenwriting, poor characterization, and reduces the scale and creativity of the previous films. I would rather be cursed by the Aztecs, spend 100 years before the mast serving aboard the Flying Dutchman, and get devoured by a kraken than endure another viewing of On Stranger Tides.
As the producer of over seventy movies and TV shows, you’ve all seen something made by mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer. But if you don’t recognize the name, maybe you’ve seen Pirates of the Caribbean, Bad Boys, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, C.S.I., The Amazing Race, or Cold Case. To put it simply, Bruckheimer’s a big deal.
As you might imagine, someone who produces so many movies and TV shows is quite busy. But a few months ago, on the London set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Bruckheimer took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a number of questions about how the production had been going. He also addressed why they decided to shoot in 3D and the challenges of the format, how he’s been enjoying Twitter (follow him here), how new Pirates director Rob Marshall got the job, how they already have ideas for Pirates 5, how does he have the time to watch over everything, and he gave us updates on Lone Ranger and the National Treasure franchise. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview:
Last October, I got to visit the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides while the production was filming at Pinewood Studios outside London. Even though we were told that Johnny Depp would not have the time to do any interviews as he was in all the shots that day, before one of the set ups, he had a few minutes and he answered a some quick questions about how filming had been going and what it was like to work with Penelope Cruz and new Pirates director Rob Marshall. For what he said, hit the jump:
A few months ago I got to visit the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides while the production was filming at Pinewood Studios outside London. While there, I was able to participate in roundtable interviews with a lot of the cast, as well as screenwriter Terry Rossio. As one of the creators of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, along with his writing partner Ted Elliott, Rossio has been writing Captain Jack Sparrow since the first film, so it was very cool to hear his thoughts on how the movies have been going and the challenges of making the 4th film great.
What I really liked about Rossio was how honest he was about the writing of a big Hollywood blockbuster. While you’d like to think everyone involved would have the time to make everything perfect before filming begins, he explained that once the studio figures out a release date, it’s full speed ahead and things change all the time based on the stars and budget. If you’re interested in writing movies, I think you’ll learn a lot about the process reading or listening to this interview. Hit the jump to check it out:
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is sitting at a huge dining room table in a equally huge room. The table is in the center, and there is tons of space on every side. The walls are opulent. Guards are in the back of the room. Sitting across from Sparrow is King George II (Richard Griffiths) and nearby is Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) – who is now a privateer. Even though Jack Sparrow has been captured, you can’t help but think this is exactly where he wants to be as he’s heard the King has the map to the Fountain of Youth. After some back and forth discussions, Sparrow is going to end up with the map, and his escape plan will be put into action.
Let me back up a second.
A few months ago, I got to visit the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides while the production was filming at Pinewood Studios outside London. While on set I got to see the many stages that were built for the movie, interview most of the cast, and speak with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and screenwriter Terry Rossio. As a big fan of the Pirates movies, I have to say it was incredibly cool to see the huge production up close. Also, while I was unsure if a 4th film was necessary as I was let down by the 3rd, everything I learned on set tells me that the filmmakers understood the problems of the 2nd and 3rd films and this new chapter will capture the magic of the first. I left London excited by what I saw and I’m truly looking forward to May 20, which is the release date of On Stranger Tides. For more on the set visit (which includes an epic two part video blog), hit the jump:
In obvious news, Disney has officially hired Terry Rossio (Shrek) to write a fifth installment of their Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Even though the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, doesn’t hit theaters until May, it’s pretty much guaranteed to make a bajillion dollars so Disney is getting a head start on the next flick. We previously told you that Disney had been mulling over the idea of shooting Pirates 5 and 6 back to back, a la Pirates 2 and 3, but it’s currently not known if they’re still going ahead with that plan. Rossio has written all four previous Pirates films with his writing partner Ted Elliot, but it looks like he’ll be going it alone this time.
Deadline also reports that Disney is working on bringing On Stranger Tides helmer Rob Marshall (Chicago) back as well, and Depp apparently has a “deal structure” to bring him back for a fifth time that Disney will obviously attempt to close. Needless to say, lots of people are going to be making lots of money. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush and will be released in 3D on May 20th.
When DreamWorks SKG was formed, former Disney Animation guru Jeffery Katzenberg was intent on making animated films at his newly created movie studio. By 2000, the studio already had two animated films under their belt (Antz and The Prince of Egypt) and their focus was on 2D animation. While Katzenberg was determined to re-capture the 2D animation magic he enjoyed while at Disney, a handful of animators were working on the “ugly duckling” film of the studio: a weird little picture called Shrek. Fast-forward to the critical and financial disaster that was The Road to El Dorado in the midst of Pixar’s wild success with 3D animated films, and everyone’s attention focused on the only 3D film the studio had in the pipeline, Shrek.
What began as a laborious project, on which animators were sent to work as punishment, suddenly became the studio’s saving grace. Witty, edgy, and ballsy as hell, Shrek was the anti-Disney film; a giant middle finger from Jeffery Katzenberg to those at Disney that had ousted him so suddenly. An instant smash-hit, the film spawned the studio’s first franchise and a merchandising cash-cow. Now, Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After are available together on Blu-ray for the first time. My review of the Shrek: The Whole Story box set after the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: December 8th, 2010 at 8:58 pm
Conveniently sandwiched in between the first footage from the film and its upcoming trailer debut, some new images from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides have landed online. One of the images, which features Captain Jack Sparrow being led away by friendly persuasion, comes courtesy of a recent on-set interview in which Depp said of his character:
There’s a side to Captain Jack that’s a wheeler-dealer, where he can talk his way out of anything, get out of any situation. But there is also a side to him that can’t stand for grave injustice.
To check out the two new images, as well as a few quotes from co-writer Terry Rossio, hit the jump. In addition to Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides also stars Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, and Geoffrey Rush. The film, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), hits 3D theaters on May 20th, 2011. [Update: Disney has released four more photos from the film. Check them out after the jump]
They’ve made waves both literally and figuratively with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but not director Gore Verbinski and writer Terry Rossio are moving into magical territory. Deadline says the duo are developing a drama series at Fox called Magical Law which takes place in a world here the existence of supernatural beings is commonplace and follows the specialized cops and lawyers who face the unique challenges of prosecuting otherworldly crimes.
The project sounds very similar to another magical police procedural which we heard Ronald Moore, creator of the new Battlestar Galactica, was said to be developing to series. Since his name isn’t mentioned with this new project, I can only assume that the two will be competing for network affections to determine which of these similar series will actually end up on the air (if either of them are good enough). Jeff Rake (Bones, Boston Legal) is writing and executive producing Verbinski, Rossio and Jonathan Krauss of Blind Wink Productions (Verbinski’s banner). The concept, sounds promising, so we’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available. Interested?
Walt Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films have purchased Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilii’s space adventure script Light Speed for a low-seven figures against $3.5 million. Meaning, if the film gets made, they get a lot more money. Bruckheimer envisions the project as a live-action and possible 3D movie. Here’s how Variety describes it:
Story centers on a young pilot who makes the Earth Interstellar Racing Team and must take his ship on a perilous journey across the galaxy on the brink of war.
The writers previously worked together on Deju-Vu, but Terry Rossio is better known as he’s one of the key people behind the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and he came up with the story for the second National Treasure movie. No word if the Millennium Falcon’s is being used.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides co-writer Terry Rossio took to his message board for screenwriters [via ThePlaylist] yesterday to debunk Monday’s story about Disney cutting the budget on the franchise’s fourth installment. On the message board (which he shares with writing partner Ted Elliott), Rossio (who, with Elliott, wrote all of the Pirates films) denounced the piece as a hit job that took normal production considerations and spun them into a story about budget troubles.
Rossio explains that he suspects the budget to come in around the realm of Dead Man’s Chest ($225 million), which is less than At World’s End ($300 million), but much more than Curse of the Black Pearl ($140 million). He also explains that the filmmakers are still determining whether or not to shoot in 3D. But, I’ll agree with what Jerry Bruckheimer said in the LA Times article: “the audience will never miss it.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits theaters on May 20, 2011.
Johnny Depp says there may not be too much Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the POTC series, but he’s getting some great actors to work with. On February 10th, we reported that Penelope Cruz was in talks to join the cast as Jack Sparrow’s “foil and equal in many ways,” (read: love interest). Now Heat Vision Blog is reporting even better news: Ian McShane may be playing the villain: Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. As you can see above, there’s a slight facial resemblance.
Shane is a tremendous actor and his performance of Al Swearengen (another character who was based on a real person) on Deadwood is one of the best in TV history (as is the show). And when you hit the jump to read some fun facts about Blackbeard, you’ll see that not only is Shane perfect casting, but that writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot have some great historical material to work with.
Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (just about everything), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is slated to hit theaters on May 20th.