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PIRATES 4 Sails May 2011

Spider-Man 4 chaos lets Disney choose new Pirates 4 date.

By Jarrod Sarafin     January 07, 2010
Source: Walt Disney Pictures


Teaser title shot for Walt Disney's next Sparrow adventure, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES(2009).
© Walt Disney Pictures

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.
 

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Wiseguy 1/7/2010 4:56:00 AM

It has to be better than the last and with Knightley and Bloom off this one it should be.

ThemanG01 1/7/2010 6:28:33 AM

I really liked the first three and can't wait for this one!

FilchX 1/7/2010 7:14:06 AM

Agreed Wiseguy, lets hope its beter than the last 2 fore that matter....black beard, that sounds cool

midwest216 1/7/2010 8:07:40 AM

I hope not....Pirates 3 was a snore-fest, literally fell asleep in the theater opening weekend and woke up during the scene where the black voodoo lady was a giant on the ship and fell back to sleep. Tried to watch it again on FX channel and fell asleep on it again! I'm done with Pirates, pretty sure part 4 would be in 3-d and thats just a smoke screen imo cause the movie actually will be lame and would mostly like lean on the special effects. Love Depp as an actor and the roles he takes. Pirates needs to be Lost at Sea.

Hobbs 1/7/2010 8:10:05 AM

I think this is a case of going back to the well one too many times.  This is just for the money I would be willing to bet....not for the fans. That is usually a bad combo. 

axia777 1/7/2010 8:54:57 AM

I am down.  They were always fun for me and my daughter to go see.  Blackbeard sounds like fun.  I just wish someone would make a real pirate movie sometime.

wallyrus 1/7/2010 10:08:25 AM

Honestly, I think they've squandered this franchise.  The first movie was great but, as is the course, the sequels were horrible.  I simply hate it when a studio artificially splits a movie into two;  there is no example of this being done well.  I know they are doing two prequels to L.O.T.R. but if they've actually split the narrative of "The Hobbit" into two movies I think I'm going to shit a brick.  This ruined the POTC franchise.  Also, NO MORE JACK SPARROW!  Are these literally the only pirates left in the entire caribbean?  Give me a break!

 

   

LadyBrowncoat 1/7/2010 11:08:28 AM

 I was absolutely shocked by how good the first one was.  Did not have high hopes for a film based on a Disney theme park attraction.  But I enjoyed it so much.  It was so darn charming.  And the bits from the ride that they threw in were just perfect.

I thought the second two were way too dark.  I don't want tragic love stories in my adventure films based on Disney theme park attractions!  Just get me the charm and the swashbuckling.  By getting rid of the tired love story and going back to Sparrow v. Barbossa, they might get it right this time.

SgtTechCom 1/7/2010 11:09:54 AM

The first 3 were great. No problems what so ever with a 4th movie as long as Depp and Rush are back and they are so bring it on. I love these movies!

almostunbiased 1/7/2010 11:26:20 AM

How can it be worse than the last one, wiseguy?

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