Bruckheimer Seems Confident About Depp Returning for Pirates 4
Last week, Disney brought a handful of journalists in to watch the new Prince of Persia trailer and chat with producer Jerry Bruckheimer afterward. Of course, the conversation eventually got to Pirates of the Caribbean and the status of the fourth film. In September, Disney announced that Dick Cook would be stepping down as chairman of Walt Disney Studios, and a few weeks later it was announced that Rich Ross would be replacing him. Following that news, Johnny Depp stated that he was now unsure of returning for another Pirates movie because Cook was no longer there, but Bruckheimer seems confident it'll work out.
"You know, I think that he was very close with Dick [Cook]. We loved him and part of our success is attributed to Dick, which is fantastic, but things change. We've been through a ton of management here at Disney and have had many bosses through the years that I've been here. Somehow you adjust and the gentleman they brought in is very smart. As an executive he's had an enormous amount of success in the area he's been in. He's been a very good partner to us, but that doesn't mean we won't be working with Dick somewhere else down the line. Who knows? We'll just have to see what happens."
I would say he was optimistic, but obviously it's not official. Steve from Collider talked with Bruckheimer privately following the event and got confirmation that they have a finished script (based on Tim Powers' book On Stranger Tides), that the management change at Disney won't affect the production, and that they're still on track to start shooting next year. What worries me more than Depp's involvement is their choice of Rob Marshall as director. That still hasn't been made official, but I'm sorry, I just don't want the guy responsible for directing that damn musical Chicago going anywhere near Pirates of the Caribbean.