At the beginning of 2011 Disney had already hired Terry Rossio to start writing the script for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Rossio has co-written all of the Pirates films with his writing partner Ted Elliott, but went solo this time.
Now The Hollywood Reporter has word that Rossio handed in his script to Disney over the weekend, but it doesn’t look like filming will begin anytime soon as Johnny Depp wants to “hold off for a bit” to keep the movies “special”.
In an interview published in the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, Depp says he hasn’t seen the new Rossio screenplay but he isn’t opposed to reprising his iconic Jack Sparrow character yet again.
“It boils down to story, script and filmmaker,” Depp tells THR. But the actor isn’t clamoring to jump back into the puffy shirt until a little time has passed after Pirates 4. He didn’t relish the brutal schedule that saw him making Pirates 2 and Pirates 3 back-to-back in order to meet studio-mandated release dates in summer 2006 and 2007, respectively.
“It’s not something where I would say, ‘Let’s shoot it next month to get it out by Christmas 2012,'” he says. “We should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they are special to me.”
Disney waited 4 years between At World’s End and On Stranger Tides, so depending on when Depp wants to get going again it may be another 2 or 3 years before we see Pirates of the Caribbean 5, which is fine by me.
If Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is received well on May 20th Disney are likely to re-hire director Rob Marshall (that’s if he wants to make another one). It may be too early to tell whether Geoffrey Rush will return as Barbossa or Penélope Cruz as Angelica, but we will probably find out once the film is released.