PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 script finished but Johnny Depp wants to hold off

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
May 4th, 2011

I'm still trying to process Hollywood greenlighting sequels before their predecessors are even released, so for a script to be finished before the previous film has yet to reach theaters is more difficult still. Yet, Disney appears confident in their PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN franchise after three films, a fourth due out May 20th, not to mention a fair bit of PIRATES' treasure worthy; so much so that screenwriter Terry Rossio has just completed and submitted his script for a fifth PIRATES film (the first of five that Rossio has written without collaborator Ted Elliot).

So, Rossio is back, producer Jerry Bruckheimer is on board, and sources have in good confidence that ON STRANGER TIDES director Rob Marshall would return to helm his second picture. But what about the Captain of this money making ship for which without it would not stay afloat - Johnny Depp?

"It's not something where I would say, 'Let's shoot it next month to get it out by Christmas 2012,'" he told The Hollywood Reporter. "We should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they are special to me."

Depp has stated time and time again that Captain Jack Sparrow is a role that he would eternally return to, yet he didn't quite favor the back-to-back shooting schedule of DEAD MAN'S CHEST and AT WORLD'S END. I imagine Disney knows that Depp is the anchor of the franchise and, without him, the ship would likely go down with the Captain so to speak. Needless to say, I foresee the studio working around his schedule.

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