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Disney Gets 'Catch Me If You Can' Writer for the Fifth 'Pirates' Movie

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January 13, 2013
Source: Variety

Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Many will argue that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth entry in Disney's series, was wholly unnecessary. But when the film made over a billion dollars at the international box office, it was clear audiences were still captivated by the ongoing adventures of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, even without previous well known castmates like Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Now the Mouse House has locked down a writer for the next installment in the franchise, as Variety reports that Catch Me If You Can screenwriter Jeff Nathanson has been chosen to pen the further exploits of our favorite rum-loving pirate.

Plot details are being kept buried in a metaphorical treasure chest at this point, which is to be expected with any high profile project this far away from production. While many might look at Catch Me If You Can and think that Nathanson is an improvement over previous writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott, a further examination of his filmography reveals that he also wrote Speed 2: Cruise Control, the story for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and is a frequent collaborator of Brett Ratner's, having written the scripts for Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3 and Tower Heist. Yikes. That isn't exactly the work that can get us excited about the possibilities of a probably unnecessary fifth entry into a huge franchise, but we'll reserve final judgment until an actual director is brought into the fray and we get a sense of the story progression.

As far as we know, the filmmakers also need Depp to officially sign on for this sequel, but let's be honest: if they throw the right amount of money at him, he'll probably come back (even if it isn't the $95 million payday that was rumored last year). We'll have to keep our eyes out for any more updates, in the meantime it sounds like Disney is getting Pirates 5 back in active development. Anyone excited for this next sequel?

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  • flbball23
    I am. I didn't really like the fourth one at all but I would imagine they can't make it any worse. They do need to get some more exciting characters to play around Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Xerxexx
    The series fell apart fast, the first one was fantastic...but the sequels were..less than stellar. "On Stranger Tides" was worse than "At Worlds End." Cruz's character was awful...the characters plot was all over the place. Not looking forward to this at all...the only good thing about "On Stranger Tides" was the fact that it was the first date between me and my misses. Awesome.
    • grimjob
      Ian McShane's awesomeness was completely wasted. I was so excited to see him as Blackbeard, and he was good, but his part was not nearly as satisfying as it should have been. I blame that on the writers, as I'm sure he did his best with what he had.
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/LuKas-Kasdan/100003109554103 LuKas Kasdan
      I agree - Curse of the Black Pearl was outstanding, but the rest sucked. The problem is, people keep paying to see this mess, so they producers keep making more. Please stop - I beg you!
  • OfficialJab
    I like them all about evenly. I was disappointed about the ending of ST with regards to Blackbeard, but it had a lot of great ideas and gags. I have no problems at all buying an IMAX 3D ticket to a fifth one - I hope they get Marshall back (not counting on it).
  • http://twitter.com/SeanBonau Sean Bonau
    I wonder when Pirates 5 will go into production(filming), after it starts pre-production in February or March 2013? Any ideas as to when that will be?
  • Richie G
    Pirates versus Ninjas!
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    Fan of the trilogy but the 4th one stank. There's room for serious improvement.
  • castingcouch
    I liked Stranger Tides more than the second and third POTC. Let's have another.
  • Jill
    Johnny Depp signed on to do a 5th back in 2011, right after the 4th had come out.
  • Rosalee Adams
    10 years from now and #15 of POTC will feature Sparrow pushing a walker
    • http://twitter.com/SeanBonau Sean Bonau
      You realize that won't happen, don't you?

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