Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp Reveal Avant-Garde Plans for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and 6
Speaking to journalists Thursday in Beverly Hills, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides superproducer Jerry Bruckheimer was guarded as ever where details of a fifth Pirates were concerned. But at least he was honest about what it'll take for Disney to officially give the green light. "If it makes them a lot of money, it's a success. And hopefully it makes them a lot of money." Something tells us the radical idea Johnny Depp shared for filming Pirates 5 and 6 won't exactly fly.
Before dropping his Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and 6 bombshell, Depp gamely cycled through the usual press junket queries and addressed a journalist's claim that he once swore his movies would never make any money. "It's not my fault," Depp said, eliciting laughter from the audience. "I did my best... the fact that people want to see a movie I'm in is the most shocking thing ever."
The irony that Depp has become one of the biggest stars on the planet, perhaps in spite of his own desire for stardom, wasn't lost on anyone. The Pirates franchise is testament to that fact; having raked in over $2 billion worldwide in three films. On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the series, rides solely on the charms of Depp's beloved Captain Jack Sparrow -- no other stars necessary.
But that stardom also puts Depp in high demand for other non-Pirates projects, which might complicate his shooting schedule in the near future. Dark Shadows with Tim Burton is currently in production, and then there's the Bruckheimer-produced Lone Ranger, which just signed Armie Hammer opposite Depp's Tonto. Bruckheimer couldn't report anything new on the casting front but made a point to emphasize that The Lone Ranger's tone will be different than that of the Pirates films.
In any case, with Pirates scribe Terry Rossio having already handed in a Pirates 5 script -- and considering an online report that 5 and 6 would be shooting back to back -- the wheels are already in motion for the next Pirates sequel, which would see the return of Depp and On Stranger Tides love interest Penelope Cruz. But just how soon is Bruckheimer looking to get the gears in motion?
"As far as the timeline, you know, it took a while to get the script to a place where we all were comfortable with it," said Bruckheimer. "We just got a great buffer strapped in and it will take some time, but hopefully we can bring it to you quicker than we did in the past. We hope that happens. But it's [about] getting a great piece of entertainment that everybody will enjoy. And that's what it's about; it's about quality."
Oh, Jerry! Leave it to Bruckheimer to stay on message. Which brings us to Depp's brilliant, envelope-pushing vision for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and 6.
"There's a very clever idea that's being hatched in terms of Pirates 5 and 6," Depp began in a hushed tone, jokingly. "We're actually shooting them on the ride." Ride, as in the Disneyland theme park attraction that inspired the first film. Go on, Johnny.
"Just moving around in circles, nonstop," he explained. "Kind of like Andy Warhol's Sleep -- just close-ups on everyone." Brilliant idea! Legend has it the five-hour long 1963 "anti-film" packed 'em in and broke box office records left and right! Or maybe that was another movie. Yeah, pretty sure that was another movie.
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