The folks at Disney are either overconfident or simply delirious. Pirates of the Caribbean 4 hasn't even opened in theaters, yet they already have a script for its sequel. Yes, Pirates 5 is on the way, and the only one who can stop this thing is Jack Sparrow himself—Johnny Depp.
There have been rumors that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides could mark the beginning of a new trilogy that focuses specifically on Sparrow's adventures. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, Terry Rossio, who wrote the screenplays for the first four Pirates films, has already delivered the finished script for Pirates 5 to Disney.
The only thing that could stand in the way of the studio and their Pirates booty is Depp. The actor loves the character and the series, but he's not a fan of the long and tedious shoots. He didn't like the back-to-back filming schedule the studio enforced for Pirates 2 and 3 just so they could make their release dates.
"It's not something where I would say, 'Let's shoot it next month to get it out by Christmas 2012,'" Depp says. "We should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they are special to me."
At the end of the day, Depp cares about the story. If the script's good, he's good. Unfortunately, the actor hasn't seen the screenplay for Pirates 5, so he has no idea what's in store for his character. He seems to be in the dark just like the rest of us.
Do you want to see more Jack Sparrow after On Stranger Tides? Or is it time for him to retire?