Take this as you will, but I thought I'd pass it along.
Some franchises just don't know when to quit. Whether or not people are getting sick and tired of the whole Pirates of the Caribbean thing, when a franchise makes that much money, it's hard to let it die. We've been hearing rumblings about a possible fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie for months now, but tonight I got an email from the old friend of the site which not only confirmed a fourth movie will almost certainly be happening, but dropped details on where the series may end up going when it continues.
Our source says that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is no longer just a possibility, it's almost a certainty. More importantly, Johnny Depp is all but assured to return, though our scooper claims he may end up making as much as $35 - $40 million to do it. Also returning will be Geoffrey Rush and Gore Verbinski as director, but forget about the rest of the cast because from now on the movies will only be about Captain Jack.
That's right, Pirates 4 will cast aside Will and Elizabeth to make it an all Jack Sparrow movie. That won't be the only change Disney is planning to make when the series continues though. Our scooper says, "the ending of Pirates 3, the fountain of youth story might not be the only story they might used the next pirate's film. The fountain story could used in another form to introduce the story for Pirates 4… the next film might be a departure from the same formula of the last three movies as well, meaning that Jerry Bruckheimer could be planning to enter the realm of Science Fiction this time around and it could be the heart of a new trilogy with Jack Sparrow and his crew of misfits. Some of the brainstorming going around involves some Jules Verne type of scenarios involving some pretty big flying machines, a man who wants to rule more than just the ocean, a encounter with the most famous and dangerous pirate of all, a race to get to a lost world (Hint, Hint) and Jack and his crew going to where no pirate has gone before (No, its not space but Disney had made animated movie about this place before with Michel J Fox voicing one of the characters)."
Pirates science fiction? What the heck? The Michael J. Fox movie our source is referring to is almost certainly Atlantis, which would tie in the Jules Verne and science fiction elements mentioned. Apparently we'll also get more of Jack's past and his family, which could also mean more Keith Richards. I'd actually be ok with that, Keith was surprisingly good.
Don't get too attached to the idea of another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel though. Our insider thinks that Disney plans to take a long, long breather between Pirates movies: "word is that the start date could be around 2009 to 2011." I don't think we need another Pirates sequel, but if they're going to do one, giving the franchise time to recharge is probably a very good idea.
As always, consider everything above as nothing but rumor till something more develops. Our source is a proven one, but if we can't give you our source, then consider anything we tell you as unconfirmed gossip.
Original here. Pillaged from a POTC email list I'm on.
If you've seen the movie, I think you'll enjoy this interview.
I've seen it twice and since my comments here don't work terribly well, I'd like to invite you to come discuss the movie over on my Live Journal, where the comment do work!
I do accept anonymous comments, so you don't need an LJ account to comment. Just sign your comment if you would so everyone knows who they are replying to :)
And yes, the link leads you to a spoiler full post, so don't click if you don't want to be spoiled!
My report from the theater!
I LOVED it!!
Well, I suck at movie reviews, so don't expect much. It looked amazing. Truly. It was much darker than the first one, but that was to be expected considering number two. It made me cry, several times. And you must stay through the credits. Seriously. It's way more than the usual gag scene they do. I've read 'official' types of reviews that said it was confusing. No idea why they found it confusing -- Nin and I had no trouble following the story. It was fun, and sad, a great adventure. Some of the fight scenes near the end were spectacular. And an terrific score as well.
Can't wait to see it again tomorrow!
Some nice stills to be seen here from POTC:AWE.
I seriously love sea shanties, really truly. And I'm rather fond of Mr. Depp, truth be told. So this is just too kewl!
[little fan girl moment]
Okay, all done.
I so like Keira Knightly. I find her incredibly refreshing in amongst all the vapid starlets out there. Here's another reason to like her:
Much has been made of Keira Knightley's slender frame and relatively flat chest.
Indeed, Keira herself has spoken openly of not having breasts, but 'pecs', and said that she would die for a curvy body like Scarlett Johansson's.
But in an extraordinarily revealing interview, the actress has told of how American audiences view her rather differently.
The 21-year-old star of the Pirates of the Caribbean films has spoken of her bemusement at being surgically enhanced by computer trickery in promotional material publicising her films in the US.
She explained: 'I did one magazine and found out you're not actually allowed to be on a cover in the US without at least a C cup because it turns people off.
'Apparently they have done market research and found that women want to see no less than a C cup on other women. Isn't that crazy? 'So they made my t*** bigger for that as well.'
Miss Knightley's comments will be seen as refreshingly honest in an industry fettered by publicists and agents watching every word. the actress has an agent, but unusually, no publicist.
A hearty amen! from scrawny women everywhere! I swear, it's nice to see a celebrity with a healthy body image.
My spoiler free thoughts:
Yes, I loved it. Not as much as the first one, but still great. We saw it late Friday night, and again Sat. afternoon. My quibbles were mostly about the unbalanced aspect of it. They really could have toned down the slapstick IMHO. I thought it diminished the emotional impact of several key scenes, especially that last one with Jack. More isn't always better, and the audience actually 'gets' that sometimes, things aren't always a belly laugh.
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A week today till Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men's Chest comes out! Wheeeeeee!
I Can't Wait!
I guess they've already put out the book for Dead Man's Chest, and there's a major spoiler about the end of the movie going around. I can't decide if I want to be spoiled or not. It's 6 weeks till the movie comes out, and I'm not sure I have that much willpower! I was spoiled accidently on Serenity, and it didn't ruin the movie for me, though I wasn't happy about it. Decisions, decisions!
I want it to be July 7th!
Oh, and they've started running TV adverts. Saw it on 24, House, and Lost. Going to dump it on to my DVD recorder so I can get a screen grab of Jack just near the end of the ad. It's a very kewl perspective.
There's a new Pirates of Caribbean trailer out!! And it's very kewl indeed!
Only the WMV one worked for me.