Pirates of the Caribbean 5 entered development even before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released in May 2011, but it doesn’t seem like Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have been able to crack the story for the next film.
Terry Rossio, who has co-written all of the Pirates films with his writing partner Ted Elliott, was hired as the sole writer on the fifth outing but Bruckheimer and Rossio threw out their initial draft as they thought they “could do better”. Now according to Variety a new writer has been brought on-board, presumably to start from scratch again.
Jeff Nathanson in the man, and in the past he’s been responsible for Rush Hour 2 and 3, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and more recently Tower Heist. The hiring of Nathanson means it’ll be the first time both Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott aren’t directly involved with the screenplay, which could either be a good or bad thing. I enjoyed Gore Verbinski’s trilogy but found On Stranger Tides under-whelming and somewhat forgettable.
Previously Johnny Depp said whether he returns for another film “boils down to story, script and filmmaker” and said “we should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they are special to me.” The pirate mythology is vast enough to provide exciting material for future films, Disney just needs to hire a director who can make use of it.