Disney’s not quite finished with Captain Jack Sparrow, snagging him for two more installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hasn’t been released yet, and has in fact just wrapped. It looks like Disney is pleased with the results, though, and is telling Johnny Depp to hang on to his Jack Sparrow hat. HitFix reports On Stranger Tides, the Pirates debut for Rob Marshall (Chicago), will not be the last film in the franchise. Disney is looking at its calendar to pencil in a fifth and sixth film.
Media outlet HitFix is “exclusively report[ing] that Disney has begun quietly telling cast and crew to set aside a major block of time in the very near future so they can shoot Pirates 5 and Pirates 6. And, yes, once again, they will be shooting them back-to-back as one giant film, and then they’ll release them as two films.” There’s no word yet on when that “major block of time” will be, as in 2011, Depp is already committed to Dark Shadows, with Tim Burton, and The Lone Ranger, with Gore Verbinski, director of the first three Pirates films.
Shooting two films back to back like this is apparently exhausting; HitFix reporter Drew McWeeny spoke with Verbinski just as the latter was wrapping At World’s End, the third film, and reported the director “was so exhausted that Disney wouldn’t allow him to drive himself anywhere.”
That’s when you start asking “Where’s all the rum gone?”