It’s official, at least according to Linda Lingle, the Governor of Hawaii, who announced that the fourth entry in Disney’s popular franchise will be shooting in and around the State’s island locales (specifically the islands of Kaua’i and O’ahu) starting in the Summer of 2010. Rob Marshall is expected to step in to direct for Gore Verbinski, who has directed all three previous installments, while Johnny Depp is reportedly returning as everyone’s favorite drunken Captain, Jack Sparrow. Not back are Keira Knightley’s impressive corset wearing ability and Orlanda Bloom’s hollow stare. The storyline is expected to become even more Jack Sparrow-centric, and will likely introduce a host of new characters for Sparrow to play off.
Disney has scheduled “Pirates 4” for May 20, 2011.