It’s a “Pirates of the Caribbean 4″ rumored storyline we’ve heard about before, albeit a while back (here), and now it’s resurfaced again, so there must be something to it, right? If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, then it must be an effeminate pirate. Possibly. So, according to Hollywood-Elsewhere, they’re “hearing” (i.e. someone may or may not know something told them) that the fourth “Pirates” movie will indeed involve Jack Sparrow going in search of the Fountain of Youth, where he will run afoul of a villain utilizing steampunk technology.
There will also be some kdin (sic) of Captain Nemo-type villain utilizing new-style technology. Sounds like they’re invoking the “steampunk” style we’ve seen gain more and more of a foothold in genre conventions, including Comic Con.
I haven’t a clue what that last sentence means. Is Comic Con utilizing steampunk now? I didn’t see anything like that while I was there, or were guys riding around in steam-powered retro ships that I missed while standing in my 500th line? Then again, as slow and clueless as the Comic Con “employees” were, I can almost envision them being powered by steam. Or at least, big huge lumps of useless coal.
In any case, “Pirates of the Caribbean 4″ is certainly moving forward at a faster clip now, with Rob Marshall signing on to replace Gore Verbinski, the only director the franchise has ever known. My guess is, that whatever plot they end up using for “Pirates 4″, it’ll be irrelevant. Who watches these movies for plot, anyway? It’s all about Johnny Depp’s Captain and his ability to look tough and chick-like at the same time. Now that’s skill.
Anyways, a steampunk-powered villain? Sounds familiar…