Pirates of the Caribbean at the moment could not be on stranger tides. Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have departed for other opportunities. Johnny Depp expressed remorse at the departure of Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook, explaining that there was a “fissure” in his enthusiasm for the film. And Geoffrey Rush seems unaware of what’s happening.
In an interview with MTV, Rush seemed to be on board and ready to shoot next spring, so that he could reprise his role as Captain Barbossa, but didn’t know much beyond that. Rush told MTV:
“They’re waiting for the screenplay writers to put together something that’s beyond the trilogy, take it off into a new direction so that it’s fresh and hopefully really interesting for an audience, that they’re not going to just sausage-machine out something else, which wouldn’t be so good.”
The film is presumably based on the 1988 novel “On Stranger Tides” by Tim Powers, but no details have been announced beside the Fountain of Youth angle. The production of the previous pirate films also had that extemporaneous feel that this one is steadily compiling at its shores. Director Rob Marshall, who replaces departed Gore Verbinski, is mostly known for musicals such as the Broadway production of “Cabaret” and the film “Chicago”, so perhaps he can bring the kind of management and care that seemed lacking from the last two Pirate films.
You can watch the full interview below: