Opening Minutes of Pirates 4 on Stranger Tides, New Riddick Animated Series

Wanna know how “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opens? Well here are the first few minutes of the film according to What’s Playing, who also reveals a little tidbit about an upcoming “Riddick” animated series.

But first, the opening scene from “On Stranger Tides” goes something like this …

Okay… film opens at night. Spanish fisherman spots something in the water. A Shape. He fishes out what he soon discovers is the body of an ancient sailor. The boat’s captain rushes over for a look – – before he can make his assessment, the thought-dead sailor’s eyes open. Sailor grabs Captain’s arm… fade out. The Captain and his aide then arrive at the regal residents of King Ferdinand, with said body, who inform the royal that the not-so-dead sailor claims to have sailed on a vessel belonging to the ship of Ponce de Leon, who died 200 years ago. Ferdinand’s first thought is that the sailor has found the legendary Fountain of Youth. He orders ‘The Spaniard’ to hit the seas in search of it.

Fits in with the “Fountain of Youth” storyline that we’ve been hearing about. Also, they say a teaser trailer might show up in front of “Tron: Legacy” in December.

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack. He’s joined by Ian McShane as badass pirate Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz as his feisty daughter. Set pics of the threesome together here. Rob Marshall takes over for Gore Verbinski, who has moved onto, ahem, other tides.

Meanwhile, this bit about a “Riddick” animated series from Vin Diesel and his “Pitch Black” cohort David Twohy:

Vin Diesel is working on a new animated Riddick series to run in conjunction with the new live-action flick he’s doing with character brainchild David Twohy (one which will apparently be closer in tone to Pitch Black than the ill-fated sequel, Chronicles of Riddick). They’ve apparently got quite a bit of it in the can, with the composer adding his touches to the series last week.

“Riddick 3” has been in the works for a while now, though given Diesel’s recent commitments, it might be a while before we see it. I’m guessing Diesel will have to turn in another major hit or two to convince a studio to shell out the bucks to make “Riddick 3”. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem, given that he’s got another “Fast and Furious” movie coming outs oon.

Animation-wise, this won’t be the first time Riddick gets turned into a toon. There was a “bridging” animated movie called “Dark Fury” (below) that was released when “Chronicles of Riddick” was coming out, which helped shed light on what happened to Riddick after he survived “Pitch Black”, and eventually leading into “Chronicles”.