Disney has released a new trailer for Rob Marshall’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I want to be excited for this flick but I still have mixed feelings on it. On the one hand, I can’t believe that the plot is yet again “Jack must get the Black Pearl back from another pirate.” But on the other hand, once the Pirates‘ theme music kicked in near the end of the trailer, I suddenly became pumped to return to this crazy world and see more adventure on the high seas. There are some good jokes in the trailer, some imaginative designs, and I hope that this movie delivers.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with two new images. Pirates of the Caribbean stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, and Geoffrey Rush. It opens in 3D on May 20th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.
If you had the willpower to change the channel from the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet to watch the Super Bowl, you not only witnessed consistent Green Bay talent (sorry Steelers fans), but you were also pleasantly surprised by tons of new footage from upcoming movies like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America (which featured an impressive Christian Bale-esque physical transformation by Chris Evans), and the fourth installment of the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
The new Pirates footage shows that the sequel will include all things “pirate” that were left out of the last three; i.e. mermaids, peg legs, sexy Spanish seafarers, Blackbeard (played by Ian McShane), and even zombies (alright, maybe zombies are not a usual staple in pirate stories, but by now we’ve learned to succumb to whatever floats Jerry Bruckheimer’s boat). You’ll also see Johnny Depp in all his Captain Jack Sparrow glory acting exactly as you would expect, though I’m not saying that’s a bad thing .Pirates is slated to hit theatres May 20th 2011, and also stars Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz and Judie Dench. Hit the jump to check out the new footage.
Though he originally took a hardline stance against doing any more with Captain Jack Sparrow after Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, recently Johnny Depp has seemed more open to the idea. Our sources tell us that they’re still pretty far from a deal, and that a lot of what we’ve been hearing about how close a fifth Pirates movie is to happening may not be as it seems, but there’s definitely at least some level of interest from Depp and a definite level of interest in doing more from Disney.
In fact Disney has just made the first move towards making even more Pirates of the Caribbean movies a reality. Deadline says the studio has just concluded a deal with Terry Rossio, co-writer of all three previous Pirates movies and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, to begin scripting a fifth Pirates adventure. For this new outing Rossio will serve as the only writer on the project, he’ll work without Ted Elliott, his collaborator on the other films.
Word is that Disney is also working to resign On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall for the next sequel. It’s an interesting move, when you consider that his first stab at directing a Pirates entry, the upcoming fourth movie, is months away from being released. There’s still plenty of room for that film to turn out as an utter disaster. It would seem the studio feels pretty confident about it.
It’s worth noting though that there’s no mention of Rossio writing the sixth movie. Up until now word was that the fifth and sixth movies would be shot back to back, in much the same way Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 were. Of course they might want to get Johnny Depp on board first, before they take things that far; but if they’re shooting them back to back, you’d think they’d want Rossio writing the two films as one continuous story. This could simply be an omission on the part of the notoriously sketchy Deadline or it could be a sign that Disney’s reconsidering making such a big commitment.