As some of you may know the San Diego Comic-Con is currently taking place and studios are showing off footage from their upcoming movies, and there are a lot of movie making people being interviewed and drilled for any information about anything. Well Disney’s Head of Production Oren Aviv was drilled by ComingSoon.net and he revealed that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 will start filming next year, and that they want to “kind of reboot the whole thing”:
“We’re going to shoot ‘Pirates 4’ in April and May of next year,” Aviv told us during our interview. “We are going to release it hopefully in 2011 is the plan.” He said that this time they would only be doing one movie this time that would “hopefully be the first of another trilogy.”
“It’s important to get the story right and it’s important to me to scale it down, because we can’t get bigger,” Aviv admitted. “The movies have subsequently gotten bigger and bigger and very complicated and they were satisfying on so many levels obviously, but I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters.” He agreed that there is a lot of Captain Jack Sparrow’s back story that we haven’t seen yet without confirming or denying that we might see some of that in the fourth movie. Still no word on whether Gore Verbinski might come back for the fourth movie.
Gore Verbinski decided not to return to direct the fourth film because he wanted to direct Bioshock instead, however he cast doubt as to whether he would actually end up directing the game adaptation, saying that he may not be able to commit to filming outside the US for such a long length of time. If Gore does leave Bioshock then I guess that makes him available to direct Pirates 4, however if they want to “kind of reboot the whole thing” then a new director may be what they need.
They didn’t really have an option but to downscale things. The budget for At Worlds End snowballed due to the work needed to finish all of the effects on time, which is the main reason Disney pushed Prince of Persia back a year. They didn’t want to make the same costly mistake again.