Pirates of the Caribbean 4 with Johnny Depp to start shooting in Spring 2010, first of another trilogy?

A whole shipload of tidbits about upcoming blockbusters have been dished out at Comic-Con, but here’s some news that seems to have gone under the geek radar.

According to Disney’s Head of Production Oren Aviv, a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean is going to start shooting in “April or May of next year,” he said to Coming Soon.

“We are going to release it hopefully in 2011, is the plan,” he stated. Unlike the previous two films, just one movie will be shot at a time, which would “hopefully be the first of another trilogy.”

Admitting the monstrous size the trilogy has obtained, Aviv said “It’s important to get the story right and it’s important to me to scale it down, because we can’t get bigger.”

If the series has already reached max-capacity, as Aviv has stated, what direction does it have left to sail in? “The movies have subsequently gotten bigger and bigger and very complicated and they were satisfying on so many levels obviously, but I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters.”

Having said that, Aviv agreed with Coming Soon that there is a lot of backstory to Captain Jack Sparrow that has yet to be explored. At the same time, he also would not confirm whether we would see such background in the fourth movie.

Pirates of the Carribbean trilogy director Gore Verbinski is currently resigned from the series, opting to work on a possible “Bioshock” movie instead. But it sounds like Aviv, Disney, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are cruising along till that expected start date. Sounds like the summer of 2011 might be another summer dominated by Pirates.

Wait a second, did Oren Aviv just say the word “reboot”? To be fair, he also added “kind of” to the powerful R-word, but his usage is worth questioning enough. Could he mean he just wants to focus more on his beloved characters a bit more? Considering the power that Johnny Depp has on the series, it’s not likely they’ll do anything like a younger version of Jack Sparrow or “Pirates of the Carribbean Babies.” But still, even if the key players do return, do you think its possible they could start all over? Or perhaps continue on to a whole new type of world, but with the same character? Either way, Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End hauled in a treasure chest of $960,996,492, which is both a lot for Disney to re-dream about and also a lot to live up to.

What do you think? Are you excited to hear about a fourth Pirates movie, or would you rather walk the plank than see another installment of a series based off an amusement park ride? Are there any Orlando Bloom fans still on this planet, anyway?

Source: Comingsoon.net, Box Office Mojo



  1. hoboboxerjoe says:

    As someone who just couldn’t get into the last movie I must say I am at least curious about this. I dont think Depp would do a movie he thinks would stink. Although he might be jumping on board to appease fans and his kids, who knows. Anyway, IF they do a Jack Sparrow movie, I hope they don’t get lazy and do the pre-quel or remake sh**. Have it take place after the 3rd one, be brave and bold.

  2. tempot says:

    There are many Orlando Bloom fans on this planet. Those who would care less about the 4th movie if Mr. Bloom is not in it.
    I’m among them.
    Mr. Depp won’t handle such a scale on its own. Besides, I dislike Sparrow character – he is a coward who will betray anyone to save his own life. I want heroes like Will and Norrington.
    And now to make the “comedy” after making practically the tragedy is wrong on all accounts. It just will prove again that all prods wnat is the money, more money! Ew.
    Will Turner played by Mr. Bloom is the main reason to me to watch POTC. The character is great. I want Will/Orlando back!

  3. Eric says:

    having just rewatched the trilogy this weekend i cant wait till the 4th. Captain jack sparrow made thia movie! With out him this is just another peice of crap love story. Jacks antics are amazing and i can’t get enough. That said i think a movie just with jack with get boring about halfway through. Since the movie is still a long time from being started even, im sure that the writers will find a new character to introduce since kiera knightly has declined a 4th potc role. I just hope this movie is good, i wouldn’t want to see a great trilogy ruined.

  4. potcfan says:

    I for one is very excited about the 4th movie as I am a devoted POTC fan but I am also disappointed to learn that Jack's crew of Marty,Pintel,Ragetti and Mr. Cotton will not be included.

    I don't understand why as they are an important part of the flow of the movie. Their lines and scenes are not strong but the little scenes they have add a great deal to the overall picture.

    I hope Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer will consider keeping the crew together.

    There is an online petition for this very issue at:


  5. Becky says:

    When is Johnny going to be filming Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in England? x

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