Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 And 6 Will Set Sail Back To Back

The other day Disney announced that they will be premiering the first trailer for the fourth installment of the surprise hit franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, on December 13th, which is a Monday for those of you keeping track. The actual film hits theaters May 20, 2011, in IMAX 3D. Today brought news that there will be a fifth and sixth chapter in the saga, and that these films will be shot back to back, a trick the studio already used once, when they shot “Dead Man’s Chest” and “At World’s End” simultaneously.

HitFix reports that:

Disney has begun quietly telling cast and crew to set aside a major block of time in the very near future so they can shoot “Pirates 5″ and “Pirates 6.” And, yes, once again, they will be shooting them back-to-back as one giant film, and then they’ll release them as two films.

That’s a big commitment, and the first question that springs to mind is, when the hell are they going to shoot these things? Let’s face it, you can’t have a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie without Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, he’s the heart of the series, without question. But at the moment he’s already committed to both “Dark Shadows” and “Lone Ranger”, and potentially linked to Kathryn Bigelow’s “Sleeping Dogs”, so who knows when his schedule will open up wide enough to film two more epic, time consuming movies.