The fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, “On Stranger Tides,” has finally wrapped principle photography, and Disney must have really liked what they saw — because according to HitFix, we’re going to be getting two more “Pirates” films after “On Stranger Tides” hits theaters in 2011.
Just like “Dead Man’s Chest” and “At World’s End” were shot back-to-back as the second and third “Pirates” movies, these next two installments will be filmed back-to-back whenever Disney can get its stars free, presumably at some point in 2011 after Johnny Depp is done filming “The Lone Ranger.” Without official studio confirmation, it’s safest to take this latest news as a rumor for now — but it’s one heck of a rumor, to say the least.
Personally, I just hope that Disney plans these two films a bit better than they did with “Dead Man’s Chest” and “At World’s End.” HitFix recalls talking to director Gore Verbinkski when he was working on “At World’s End,” saying that they had “never seen someone who looked more tired.” Maybe Rob Marshall will be more capable of rounding out the trilogy in one fell swoop without falling into an exhausted heap (I sure wouldn’t be able to).
But I also sincerely hope that they kick the story up a few notches for “Pirates 5,” and even “Pirates 6.” I stand firm when I say that “Dead Man’s Chest” was the biggest waste of 2.5 hours I ever spent in a theater, because nothing relating to the plot of that series happened until the last five minutes. Some of you might have enjoyed watching Captain Jack Sparrow frolic around with cannibals for nothing more than comedic relief, but I was not one of them.
“Dead Man’s Chest” and “At World’s End” did make bucketloads of money, though, so it’s no surprise that Disney felt that rounding out this second trilogy was a necessity. As long as they create a plot that makes these next two films have a purpose in the franchise and aren’t clearly just tacked on to make more money, I think we can all agree that more “Pirates” can only be a good thing.
Are you glad Disney is making two more “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies?