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by: GATW Guest Writer
December 16th, 2010

Who would have thought a Disney theme park ride would go this far? Yet, here we are, announcing news on the fourth installment of this blockbuster franchise, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. A few days ago, Gordon and The Whale showed the new trailer for the upcoming film, and now director Rob Marshall has let loose with a few new details.

In an interview with Coming Soon, he explained: "The whole opening and the first third of the film takes place in London. So we start on dry land and there is an impostor that Jack is looking for. He then escapes from the palace, gets captured by King George and there is a huge carriage chase…(We) set sail and that is sort of the second act. It’s a new ship, Blackbeard’s ship, the ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge.’ Then Barbossa has a new ship called the ‘Providence.’ The third act is this incredible jungle adventure through caves where they are looking for the Fountain of Youth.”

This new storyline features Ian McShane as Captain Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz as a romantic foil to Johnny Depp's Captain Sparrow. Geoffrey Rush is returning to the role of Captain Barbossa, but Marshall says Barbossa "is different in this film because he has joined a different side...which is really shady." The film is due out on May 20, 2011.

The reviews for the first film of the series were overwhelmingly positive, but reviews for the last two films have been lukewarm at best. This is not uncommon for a trilogy, but jumping to do a fourth film is. It proves that no matter what the franchise puts out, they expect that people are going to keep coming to see it. As far as I am concerned, I got the joke the first time around; they are pirates and Johnny Depp is a mix between Keith Richards and Pepe Le Pew. I do not need another installment to keep showing me this. Yet I am resigned to the fact that if everyone keeps laughing at the same joke (and paying to hear it), those in charge are going to keep telling it.

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