It’s taken a while to get moving, but the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film has finally started production in Queensland, Australia.
Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, who directed the Academy Award nominated adventure film Kon-Tiki, are at the helm this time around, and have been developing the film since early 2013.
Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer initially intended to move on this one quite quickly after Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strangers Tides, but Depp has kept everyone waiting as he delivers one disappointment (The Lone Ranger) after another (Transcendence), after another (Mortdecai).
Well, Depp is back on board the franchise that pushed him into the big earnings and helped push the actor’s obsession with “quirky” characters to detrimental levels.
Disney has officially titled the fifth Pirates picture Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and they’ve released the first official synopsis too:
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.
Javier Bardem will be playing the lead villain, leading an impressive cast of newcomers to the franchise, including Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), Brenton Thwaites (The Giver), and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone).
Geoffrey Rush, Stephen Graham and Kevin R. McNally will be reprising their respective roles and, unless there’s a surprise of some sort down the track, it appears that Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley won’t be having another go.
The Pirates franchise has thus far earned over $3.7 billion in worldwide receipts, according to Box Office Mojo. Yes, BILLION. And if you take into account On Stranger’s Tides‘ worldwide draw of $1.045 billion, making it (at the moment) the 14th highest grossing film ever made – regardless of poor critical reception, it’s not a far stretch to expect the franchise to go on and on after this one.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, penned by Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Catch Me If You Can), is set for U.S. release on July 7, 2017.