The last thing we heard on Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was that director of the trilogy, Gore Verbinski, had decided to direct Bioshock instead of returning for a fourth outing (which was understandable). Now producer Jerry Bruckheimer has spoken to Coming Soon and revealed that writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot are working on the script “as we speak”.
Bruckheimer told us that for Disney, the priority is most definitely “Pirates.” “It’s a great franchise for them and for us, too,” he said. “A beloved character and Johnny’s really excited about coming back to Captain Jack. He certainly is interested in Tonto, but Disney’s priority is to get ‘Pirates’ made first. You never know what’s going to happen, but they would like it.”
Bruckheimer shared that the original writers, Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot, were “writing ‘Pirates’ as we speak,” and he said it was “funny” and a “whole new way of going” although he wouldn’t share more than that.
Since Gore Verbinski recently announced that he may not direct a movie based on the video game BioShock, we asked Bruckheimer if there was a chance he might return for a fourth movie. “You never know,” he admitted. “He created the franchise so we’d love to have him back, but it’s kind of up to him.”
The Pirates trilogy has made Disney billions so it makes sense to move forward with the next one as they are guaranteed a huge return. Gore Verbinski recently cast doubt as to whether he will actually end up directing Bioshock, which I suppose increases his chances of returning if he isn’t tired of the franchise.