Monday, June 21, 2010

The Plot Thickens...


Walt Disney Pictures has released the plot of their fourth Pirate film...

In a press release, the Mouse has given us a little more information about the story of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" for fans to mull over till next summer:

Walt Disney Pictures'/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Comedy Adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" in Disney Digital 3D(TM) Begins Production.

Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award(R)-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, joined by Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin R. McNally, Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Sam Claflin in Fourth Entry of Blockbuster Franchise..

Production has commenced on location in Hawaii, the United Kingdom and Los Angeles on Walt Disney Pictures' and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' sweeping comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), the fourth entry in the blockbuster franchise which has already reaped $2.7 billion in worldwide box office from the previous three films, and the first to be filmed and presented in Disney Digital 3D(TM). Johnny Depp
returns to his iconic, Academy Award(R)-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, newly joined by Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Rob Marshall's "Nine"), Ian McShane (HBO's "Deadwood") and newcomers Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Sam Claflin. Also rejoining Johnny Depp and Captain Jack are Academy Award-winner and three-time nominee Geoffrey Rush ("Shine," "Shakespeare in Love") and Kevin R. McNally (first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, "Valkyrie"). The film is slated to open May 20, 2011.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise --this time in Disney Digital 3D(TM). In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and 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 formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

Rush reprises his role as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally returns as Captain Jack's longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs. Claflin stars as a stalwart missionary, while Berges-Frisbey is transformed into a mysterious mermaid.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is written by "Pirates" veterans Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Barry Waldman, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and John DeLuca.

Joining Bruckheimer and Marshall for the new voyage is a top-flight group of award-winning behind-the-scenes artists, including director of photography Dariusz Wolski (first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"), production designer John Myhre (two-time Academy Award(R) winner for Marshall's "Chicago" and "Memoirs of a Geisha"), costume designer Penny Rose (all three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"), visual effects supervisor Charles Gibson, who won an Academy Award for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," Oscar(R) winner and eight-time nominee special effects supervisor John Frazier ("Pirates of the Caribbean" films," "Pearl Harbor") and stunt coordinator George Marshall Ruge, who also devoted his talents to the previous three "Pirates" films as well as Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer's "National Treasure" franchise. The editors include two Oscar winners, Michael Kahn ("Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time") and David Brenner ("Born on the Fourth of July"), as well as Wyatt Smith (Marshall's "Nine").

Rob Marshall's first three films, "Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Nine," have been honored with a total of 23 Academy Award(R) nominations. For his work on "Chicago," winner of six Oscars(R) including Best Picture, Marshall received the Director's Guild Award, an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe Award(R) nomination, a BAFTA nomination The National Board of Review Award and the New York Film Critics Online Award. A six-time Tony Award(R) nominee and George Abbott Award winner, Marshall's extensive work on Broadway includes co-director and choreographer of the worldwide award-winning production of "Cabaret" and director/choreographer of the Broadway revival of "Little Me," along with many others. He also produced, directed and choreographed the NBC television special "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," which earned seven Emmy Awards(R), including three for Marshall, and directed and choreographed Disney/ABC's critically acclaimed movie musical "Annie," which received 12 Emmy nominations with two wins, including Marshall for Outstanding Choreography; it also won the prestigious Peabody Award.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" will film on the islands of Kauai and Oahu, Hawaii, followed by locations and studio work in the United Kingdom and Los Angeles.

Can't wait for the trailer...

14 comments:

Sammy's Got Shades said...

What a lame flag. Couldn't you find a better one? I expect more when it comes to artwork on this site, Honor.

Anonymous said...

I don't *understand* the flag...

Jerry Suckheimer Presents said...

Thar she blows!

Kevin said...

I love Pirates of the Caribbean, the rides and the films, all three of them, and I always will. I'm really looking forward to Pirate's 4 and so are my brothers. We just love the franchise. Heck, I'm reading On Stranger Tides and it's really fun. I also just bought Pirate Latitudes from Michael Crichton, which I've started reading. I can't wait to see Ian McShane as Blackbeard, it sounded so cool. I also can't wait to see The Lone Ranger coming out soon.

Anonymous said...

Sammy - read the press release again.

POTC4 has Ian McShane as Blackbeard (Edward Teach).
The art that Honor used with the story is Blackbeard's flag.

[well, I thought it was clever.]

Bob

Anonymous said...

Bob, it just shows how some idiots on here simply want to bash Honor and nothing more.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Orlando Bloom starring again?

Jones said...

Toy Story 3, Pirates 4, Monsters, Inc. 2, Cars 2... am I the only one who thinks that this is getting a little out of hand?

socalkdg said...

Yep. Only one. Just kidding. TS3 was great. If the story is good, why not.

Anonymous said...

Jones,

As long as they have good story lines, I really don't care if they're sequels or not. I'm personally looking forward to all of them, as well as Tron:Legacy.

Cory Gross said...

You have no idea how much I want to like the Pirates franchise. I loved the original ride and thought the first film was one of Disney's best in decades. Parts two and three were such a disappointment. Somehow, though, I'm still holding out hope for this one. I'm hoping that Elliott and Rossio remember what made #1 and the others crap, and that they're helped along by not having the bogged down mythology and by working from decent source material.

Incidentally, going back to the post on the new Pirates game, I have a great plan for making the Pirates franchise less reliant on Jack Sparrow: restore the original ride. There's your timeless thing right there.

Kit Foxe said...

I'm disappointed. I had originally been excited when I read that they had bought the rights to Tim Powers book. But it looks like they are not keeping my favorite bits.

Ah well...

Honor Hunter said...

Well, the main reason the book was bought, was so that they wouldn't be sued by Powers. The writers idea involved Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth, two things that play heavily in the novel. If they went forward, it was believed that litigation could result. This purchase meant they could use any of the ideas outright and not have to worry about this.

Anonymous said...

Oh please, NO more Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. Terrible "writers, "and complete blowhards. Pirates 2 & 3 showed what a random blip the first movie was, and what hacks they really are.