With the last installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy taking in $960.9 million worldwide in 2007, Walt Disney Pictures knows about the combined box office punch of Pirates and Memorial Day celebrations. And with Sony Pictures recently in doubts as to when they'll release Spider-Man 4, causing studios to rearrange their May 2011 line-ups, Disney is looking forward to that holiday success again with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
The studio has shifted the fourth installment's release to May 20, 2011. While the film won't begin production until later this year, we know that Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush will be returning to their roles with the story picking up where "World's End" left off, with the two pirates searching for the Fountain of Youth.
The story premise will likely have some elements from Tim Power's 1988 pirate novel "On Strange Tides," which also centered on the Fountain and which Disney paid for the rights to before naming their fourth adventure.
While there have been no official confirmation here's the rumored plot that does combine elements from the novel.
The fourth installment film in the series follows the exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow, who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who apparently has made off with the family inheritance. During the voyage, he gets to know a woman named Beth Hurwood and her father, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive, their ship is waylaid by pirates and, with the help of the professor and his assistant, the captain is killed and Sparrow is forced to join the pirate crew. There is, however, a sinister plot being concocted by the professor involving his dead wife, his living daughter and Blackbeard. Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. Jack Sparrow must put a stop to these plans and save Beth Hurwood.