Story Details for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

June 21, 2010
Source: ComingSoon

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Today is the official start of production on Disney's high seas adventure sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Though we've kept you updated on the growing cast, we haven't had much info on the story in this fourth franchise installment other than Disney secretly snagging the rights to the book written Tim Powers that shares its title with the sequel. However, it seems Powers' book may only be providing legal ground for Disney to use the Fountain of Youth as a plot device in this adventure, as the official story details unveiled today don't seem to follow the story or structure from the novel. You can see for yourself below!

Franchise writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio are once again behind this newest Pirates installment with director Rob Marshall (Nine, Chicago) steering the ship. Here's the story they're giving us in this sequel:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise -- this time in Disney Digital 3D. 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. Geoffry Rush reprises his role as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally returns as Captain Jack's longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs. Sam Claflin stars as a stalwart missionary, while Astrid Berges-Frisbey is transformed into a mysterious mermaid.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides stars Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow again as well as Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mermaid. As the franchise neared the end of what seemed like a planned trilogy back in 2007, I already felt like it had run its course, but maybe some new characters courtesy of an impressive cast will help infuse some new life into this adventure series. On Stranger Tides is set for release on May 20th, 2011 next summer and will be in Disney Digital 3D. We'll just have to wait a year to see how this new swashbuckling story plays out, so stick around for more updates!

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Sam Clafin, new Bloom? More than likely. The idea is okay, Jack won me over as a true pirate and like you said Alex I felt this series has sailed it's course. So I think introducing a lady from his past (that doesn't slap him on impulse) is a bad choice, especially Cruz. Jack is the "greatest" of all pirates and doesn't need a silly little thing called love, so the idea that this movie is generally fueled by it rather than greed, discovery, and adventure seems a little lost. I'm sure it would be okay as a subplot but it sounds like it's the driving force behind the film. I'm skeptical but that doesn't mean I'm not seeing it, like Indiana Jones 4(which I assumed everyone was supposed to know was a joke) I'll go see them until they are so bad they are unwatchable.

Sroe on Jun 21, 2010


Hamburgers!!! Although the basic outline of Powers' ON STRANGER TIDES is there, I hope it has more muscle in the movie than the skeletal structure that synopsis gives it.

Voice of Reason on Jun 21, 2010


This is some of the best news i've heard yet about Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides!. I bet we'll probably find out even more about this movie that's not entirely "Spoiler" wise, but i bet we'll be finding out even more about this movie with in the next few days or weeks!. We might get to see some behind the scenes videos on the set of Pirates 4 real soon, since they've already started filming Pirates 4 !, or they might decide to release behind the scenes videos, some short time after they've finish filming Pirates 4, i'm not entirely sure as of yet about that right now!. Also, the story for Pirates 4 does sound like the best one yet, for a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, although i thought the story for the first movie was good too, but it think that this movie will have an even better story then Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl's story!.

Sean on Jun 21, 2010


You know, there comes a time in all our lives when we have to give to the grim reaper. Pirates should have done that after the first one. The Curse of the Black Pearl was fantastic; It took moviegoers by surprise. The second and third were very dark, the characters were played out, and the stories got so farfetched, they made the films completely unbearable. I guess a sequel to the first was inevitable, but if they somehow manage to push towards a fifth film, I'm done. There is nothing interesting left about this franchise but for some reason ($$$$$$$) they insist on adding to it. Thumbs down even if it tops the box office.

Eli on Jun 21, 2010


what? the second and third were "farfetched" but the first one was perfectly realistic with walking dead? these are just fantasy movies with limitless possibilities, that's why they're fun. i wouldn't be surprised if the series continued to run even after depp leaves. there are so many legendary pirate tales, and the first movie had a subtitle so it was obviously intended to be a long running pirate series. there's nothing else like it on the market today so i'm happy to see it.

John Stamos on Jun 21, 2010


Bring it on! I'm there! 1st was the best (by far), 3rd was the worst (by far) but i'm excited about the injection of new characters and hopefully lessons will be learned from the 3rd one.

Cmurder on Jun 21, 2010


Hey, the less i know the better.... I want zero-expectations for this one. It's kind of a rare fresh start for a franchise with a great character and I'm willing to run with it. So like #6 says: "Bring it on!"

Neva Evah on Jun 21, 2010


i heard megan fox was the mermaid!

movieluvaz on Jun 21, 2010


I thought that Megan fox was going to play the mermaid ...I guess she is too rebeeeellll for Disney to handle

Danni on Jun 21, 2010


Fist, isn't Depp shooting The Tourist right now in Venice? Did they start shoot all the scenes he's not in? Second, is it actually being shot in 3D or will this be another crap post production conversion?

The Great & Powerful Oz on Jun 21, 2010


@The Great & Powerful Oz Nope!, he finished with The Tourist!. He has started with Pirates 4 since June 14th, 2010 Monday, which was 7 days ago already!.

Sean on Jun 21, 2010


#10 - Yea, what Sean said right above me answers your first question. And as for 3D, I'm pretty sure it's being shot in 3D from the start, not converted. We last wrote about 3D back in May confirming that it will be shot in digital 3D, but haven't seen anything to confirm since. As in, I haven't seen any photos from the set of a 3D camera in use, but I'm sure they'll show up soon. I wouldn't want to see this in 3D unless it was being shot in 3D, so I'm glad they made that decision.

Alex Billington on Jun 21, 2010


i think it is 3-D. not too sure. yea it may have the makings for a series, but the characters were so played out and the second film seemed to literally leech off the sucsess of the first. and yea there are limitless possiblities to go with with pirates, but create new, fresh, characters with brand new settings. I'm just sayin that the pirates franchise is being played out.

Eli on Jun 21, 2010


Thanks for the semi-info. lol. Won't see it in 3D unless they shoot it that way. I think dropping the acting albatrosses of Keira and Orlando will make things better. They were both awful and their love story was boring. New blood should help.

The Great & Powerful Oz on Jun 21, 2010


At #14 They WILL be shooting it in 3D, that has already been confirmed!. Also, yes i couldn't agree with you more about the william turner and elizabeth swann story!. That is so true that them dropping the characters william and elizabeth that orlando bloom and keira knightley played in the previous three movie, to not be in the fourth movie, is a great idea, because i as well, was getting extremely tired of those two characters in the POTC movies anyways! so i'm glad they both will be gone in the next movie!.

Sean on Jun 22, 2010


Even if this one is as bad as the second and third Pirates, The Curse of the Black Pearl will always be a terrific movie.

casting couch on Jun 22, 2010


#16 No!. This Pirates of the Caribbean movie will be alot like Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl, and will also be as good as Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl, because they already did say that they will be bringing down the fourth movie to the originallity that Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl has!. It will not be over done at all like Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest, and Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End!. All the people that that made Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest, and Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End realized, "after making both those movies", that they were not as good a Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl, so they are going to be sure this time, that Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, will be nothing like Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest, and Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End, and will be as good as Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl, or possibly even better then it!.

Sean on Jun 22, 2010


I hope so sean.

Eli on Jun 22, 2010


I miss the old pre-movie version of the ride; that's what they need to fix.

The Great & Powerful Oz on Jun 22, 2010


#17's post reminds me of that Seinfeld episode... "Exclamation mark! Double exclamation mark!". 🙂

casting couch on Jun 22, 2010


@#20 Yeah, well thats just they way i type!. If you got a problem witht that, then don't comment about my replies and reply to everyone else about the subject of the article above here!.

Sean on Jun 22, 2010


Take a stress pill!.

casting couch on Jun 22, 2010


Nope, no thanks, I will not do that!. Sorry if you can't handle the way i type!.

Sean on Jun 22, 2010


Ian McShane is a great choice, and Geoffrey Rush is fantastic in these movies. Johnny Depp looked a little bored in the last two movies, but perhaps that was more to do with the short production time and script-on-the-go. Knightley and Bloom gone from the cast is a good restarting point. But maybe a fourth Pirates is one too many times to the well.

casting couch on Jun 22, 2010


@#24 At least Johnny Depp is helping out with the script this time, so that the fourth movie, does not suck like the Pirates 2 and 3 !, right?. And i couldn't agree with you more about Knightley and Bloom, them being gone WILL help this movie be 100 times better then the last two movies ! 🙂 .

Sean on Jun 22, 2010


Not sure about Rob Marshall helming this, though... He doesn't have a lot of action/fantasy movies to his credit. And Depp's screenplay experience is somewhat limited. But it could work. It just seems like capturing the magic of the first movie is a lot to ask.

casting couch on Jun 22, 2010


@#26, Well, i am sure, they will be able to bring back the originallity that the first movie had, in the fourth movie!. They don't want for the fourth movie to be anything like the second and third movies, they will be making sure that, that does not happen to the fourth movie, where it would be like the second and third movies!, that it's mostly like Pirates 1, or maybe even better then it !.

Sean on Jun 22, 2010

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