Pirates of the caribbean


Shortly after the last Pirates of the Caribbean film was released back in 2011, Disney started planning for yet another film. After going through a little bit of development hell, the film was finally green-lit in 2014 with Johnny Depp returning as everyone’s favorite Keith Richards impersonator, Captain Jack Sparrow. Also returning are Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, Kevin McNally as Gibbs, and Orlando Bloom returning as Will Turner, who we haven’t seen since the third film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.



In just about 3 years, another film in the POTC franchise will take what it can–which, based on history, could be as much as a billion dollars worldwide–and give nothing back, except a reasonably entertaining two hours or so.

Perhaps solely to remind us that they STILL do things other than Star Wars and superheroes, Disney has decided to continue the lucrative franchise with a fifth installment tentatively subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales”.

As for who will make up this outing’s cast, we have no information as of yet–though all 4 installments have thus far starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, so the return of one or both of them is more or less assured…..and frankly, I don’t see how you could even consider making a POTC film without Depp–but then, I didn’t think they could (or should) make one without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley….More after the jump: (more…)


The blockbuster business doesn’t come easy, or cheap, and a new list shows us just how true that is. Now, one website has compiled a list of the most expensive films ever made, and chances are pretty good that one or many of your own personal favorites are on here. But who is the big winner? Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, of course. The third Pirates movie tips the bank at $341.8 million, but it’s not the only Pirates movie on the list, and it’s not the only Disney movie on the list either. Want to get a load of the other nine movies in the Top 10? Read on. (more…)

Disney is never one to give up the cash cows when it comes to their film projects and the seemingly endless series of Pirates of the Caribbean films is proof enough of that.  Even though they’ve been getting progressively worse, they still manage to sell some tickets and make the Sith Lord mouse a tidy profit.  And now, look out, cause here comes the fifth installment in the Pirates franchise!

They’ve just hired on Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal) to take the script to the next level, crafting a new draft from what Terry Rossio already put together.  Once the new script is nice and pretty, they’ll no doubt be looking to snatch up as many old cast members as they can.

And while Johnny Depp hasn’t officially signed anything yet, he’ll likely return once they show him the amount of zeros on his paycheck.  Everyone else, however, is another story.  No one knows for sure whether they want to do more Pirates or even if the new script would have room in there for them to return.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

What do the Nerdreaders think?  Let Pirates sink to the bottom of the ocean or keep making them until Depp begins to look like Keith Richards did in Pirates 3?


Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.


Recently, while talking with The Hollywood Reporter about his upcoming film Into the Woods director Rob Marshall let out the news that Terry Rossio (one of the original Pirates writers) was busy overhauling the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 script, hoping to get it to a point where Johnny Depp might give it a thumb’s up. 

Marshall told The Hollywood Reporter:

“Terry is writing it and he’s working incredibly hard and he did a draft and rethought it all and started working on it again. You want to make sure you are asking the audience to come back to see an exciting adventure and it has to reach that caliber, and if not there’s no reason to do it. I know Johnny feels the same way: He needs to see a script, but he would be happy—if it’s the right script—to put that hat and sword back on.”

You didn’t think it was over at four movies did you? There is no way Disney is going to leave this franchise until the money stops flowing. Sooner or later they may run this ship aground but until then, just batten down your hatches and be prepared for another movie every four years or so.

Just be happy that the “Hall of Presidents” or “It’s a Small World” rides haven’t gotten off the script writing phase and into production. Wait . . . the animatronic presidents save the day after Disney is invaded by alien invaders from space . . . then run for re-election.

The Day the Movies Died


Have you been disappointed by movies this year? What about last year?

One of the biggest problems are the sheer amount of sequels (and other third, fourth, etc…) movies being produced by Hollywood. Apparently, in 2011, there will be a record 27 placed into theaters.

How does that even happen? Isn’t there any original content left in Hollywood?

In a GQ column called The Day the Movies DiedMark Harris does just that. He informs us how Hollywood has gone wrong, by weaving a story from  Top Gun to Inception to Stretch Armstrong, and that this cycle may never end.

This expose is a must-read for anyone who loves the entertainment industry (like I do), and thinks that Hollywood is not doing their best damn job. I mean, some sequels are a great idea! But others are sometimes rushed into production, and the story and/or acting suffers (Iron Man 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3, and more!)

What do you think about the movie industry? Sound off in the comments!

Check out an excerpt below the jump, and links to the full article can be found here.


(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)

The captain is back and this time it’s a race to the fountain of youth in the fourth film of the ‘Pirates’ series, directed by Rob Marshall. Once again Starring Johnny Depp as our hero Captain Jack Sparrow and new characters to the series played by beauty Penelope Cruz and veteran actor Ian McShane. With new female  male leads added to the series it’s obvious that there’s Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, what a shame. Anyway, here’s your first look at ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:

Mermaids, zombies and more Keith Richards! Catching glimpses of action, adventure and more witty one-liners from Sparrow this could very well be the be of the pirate films to date. Sure there’s no Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan but who really cares? It’s Jack Sparrow the ladies drool over and that’s just fine and dandy for everyone, especially Jerry Bruckheimer. Follow the classic formula that they’ve followed from the previous 3 films, from the exotic locations to it’s once again outstanding score, how can they top their predecessors? here’s the official plot synopsis:

“In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love–or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.”

Based off Tim Powers’ pirate novel On Stranger Tides, once optioned by Disney many years ago as it’s own film. It holds it’s own as a sequel, but is still able to be called it’s own individual movie entirely. This is a very strong and very well cut trailer to tease an audience with, a well thought through plan from Disney. Having lines like “It has begun, AGAIN!” from McShane however teases that this race to the fountain has happened once before. Not to jump the gun or anything but it could be that Sparrow senior took part in the last race to the fountain of youth, just a observation and a theory.

People will be dying to see this movie next May but until then they can only sit and watch this trailer on repeat.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will hit theaters on May 20th 2012.

Via: Slashfilm

Sometimes you find gold in the strangest of places. No link to another site. No “VIA”. Just stumbled upon. No, not “Stumble Upon” but I actually just saw it under a stack of those old archaic dinosaurs we used to look at called books. Released just a few months back, was a super weird yet hilariously accurate and based on actual events.

The Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler. Yes. It’s a real thing and garnered it’s own hilarious review by the Washington Post. (more…)