The fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise has officially begun filming down under as Disney releases details about the newest exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Filming for the fifth installment has gotten underway in Queesnland, Australia. After “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” had its theater run Disney immediately began making plans for a fifth film, but after its main star Johnny Depp said he wanted more time before he would return, Disney has been stuck developing the film since basically May of 2013.
Javier Bardem has been cast to play the film’s villain, you may remember him as the villain in “Sky Fall” and will be joined 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.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be the first pirates film not written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” was instead written by Jeff Nathanson who also wrote “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. Makes you wonder about the quality?
Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning will be the ones behind the camera directing the fifth installment who have been in place since 2013.
Disney set the release date for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” to sail into theaters on July 7, 2017 sometime ago. Today’s announcement did not indicate any change and I assume Disney still plans on making that date.
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 much as I like the Pirates franchise as a whole you have to begin to wonder how many quality stories are really left to tell. For Disney sake I hope “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is a solid hit with critics and the fans.
Johnny Depp has created a one of a kind role with Captain Jack Sparrow and I would hate to see the character be diminished in any way by walking the plank one to many times. Sometimes it best to leave a franchise alone then to tempt fate one to many times.