(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

mike white and zombies

So are you guys ready to see some members of the undead dressed in bonnets and cummerbunds?  Well, with a director in place we are one step closer to this vision.  Mike White, known for his writing School of Rock and Nacho Libre, is set to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  The classic Jane Austin story will be brought to the big screen with the help of writer Seth Grahame-Smith (The Hard Times of R.J. Berger, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter).

Basically, it’s the timeless tale we all know but with zombieness filling in the gaps.  The idea spawned from Quirk Books editor Jason Rekulak, who was tossing around ideas of classic stories like Wuthering Heights and Crime and Punishment and characters like Ninjas and Pirates. Ironically enough I feel as though incorporating zombies will bring this story to life and be super funny as well.

The project is being handled by Lionsgate, who always turn out great work and now most likely will begin casting for the project.  As of now, Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper are being considered.  The only thing to consider is that White hasn’t had much directorial experience.  He has only director one project prior to this titled, Year of the Dog starring Molly Shannon.  So while White’s writing certainly shows that he’ll get the tone of the movie, it is yet to be seen if he can accurately display it on camera.  So what do you guys think aout the news and this project coming to the big screen??

Spiderman 4 Changes Release Dates

Wowwy! We have ourselves a lot of news here for the upcoming years. Anybody know that Thor was coming out the same year? Or They had even decided on a new Pirates of the Caribbean film, let alone name it? The Hollywood Reporter is doing their job….And doing it well.

Boxoffice year 2010 has just begun, but all eyes in Hollywood seem to be on May 2011. On Wednesday, three developments occurred in rapid fire:

— Sony’s “Spider-Man 4” effectively was effectively bounced from its May 6, 2011, slot because of a production delay.

— Paramount’s Marvel comics actioner “Thor” leaped into that slot.

— Disney finally slotted its “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” for May 20, 2011.

The next question for the 2011 summer slate: Where will “Spidey 4” land once its script woes are sorted out?

2011 seems like it will be a huge year in fucken Earnin’ and Burnin’, breakin’ necks and cashin’ checks!