For you Pirates of the Caribbean lovers out there, it’s the news you’ve been waiting for! As the news for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie floated in over the last handful of months, it became pretty clear that those who enjoyed the first and possibly the second movies weren’t as optimistic about a fifth as had hoped. Which fits because the series kind of lost its sails after, to most people, the second movie. And even though it may be less appealing now, the fifth-quel has now started production, but is to little to late for this franchise to make a comeback?
The last Pirates movie, by the time the fifth will be released, there would 6 years between the two. The fourth tried to start a different story for the franchise, take it in a different direction. But that failed miserably and we just expected that it would eventually get a reboot in a good number of years. But instead of that, last year saw that the franchise would be continuing and trying to start another story and take it in another new direction. One thing that will stay the same from all the rest? Captain Jack Sparrow.
Along with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow, Javier Bardem (Skyfall) will be playing Captain Salazar, the villain. Geoffrey Rush and Kevin R. McNally are returning to their roles as Barbossa and Gibbs along with newcomers Brenton Thwaites (Son of a Gun), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), and Golshifteh Farahani (Exodus: Gods and Kings). It’s also been rumored that Orlando Bloom could possibly be making a return as Will Turner, now Captain of the Flying Dutchman.
And luckily (hopefully) for us, for the first time in the series we will see someone else besides Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio write the movie, as Jeff Nathanson has taken those duties over. I’m not really that into it or excited for it right now, because the series has been a mess for the last two movies. But maybe all this time away from the Black Pearl and the series bringing in a new writer (finally), maybe this could be exactly what it needs. It could bring in new life and a refreshing story that might actually get us to enjoy this series again. Because whether or not these movies are just liked or loved by critics or fans, they have always made a butt load of money which means they will keep finding a way to make them.
Along with production official beginning in Queensland, Australia, an official synopsis has been released for Dead Men Tell No Tales:
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, 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.
It definitely sounds like another big and crazy adventure on the water, a big and crazy adventure that could actually work. Don’t get me wrong, the synopsis doesn’t change my mind of the movie, but it does give me a very slim piece of hope.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has a release date of July 7th, 2017. Starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani, Kevin R. McNally, and Geoffrey Rush.