Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Budget Cuts, Ahoy
Not even super producer Jerry Bruckheimer is safe from the fiscally conservative clutches of Disney's new chairman Rich Ross. Even after pulling in some $1.03 billion dollars from the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which helped make up for all of the straight-to-DVD shit the studio was throwing onto shelves before John Lasseter came along and cleaned house, LA Times says the fourth installment of the high seas adventures featuring Captain Jack Sparrow, On Stranger Tides, will be scaling back a bit. And by scaling back, I mean they only have a budget just above $200 million. How will this ever get made!?
Yes, I'm going to be sarcastic about Bruckheimer having to scale back a movie to costing only $200 million, but at the same time, these cuts have the potential to make the fourth installment of the Pirates franchise a real Debbie Downer. For example, writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were informed that they need to have Jack Sparrow spend more time on land than water because of the high cost of shooting in water. Uh, this is a movie about pirates, right? In addition, the locations have changed and the number of varying shooting spots have also been reduced along with days allotted for filming (they'll shoot 90 to 95 days compared to 142 days for At World's End). Visual effects shots will also be reduced to around 1,300 (down from 2,000).
Though some of that does sound rough, the fourth Pirates flick will still cost more than some third world countries' economies. And if the film has to lose stuff like an extravagant ice fair on the River Thames or a carriage chase, then so be it. Forgive me if I have no sympathy for the production whatsoever, but I can't in good conscience argue that a fourth Pirates movie needs a bigger budget, especially with all the money they blew on At World's End, which apparently all went to making the story nonsensical and completely stupid. Studios, such as Disney, might have some extra money to throw around if they spent it on higher quality stories instead of returning to the same ole well and throwing Johnny Depp in a flick and calling it a day.