Back in January Disney hired Terry Rossio to write the script for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Rossio has co-written all of the Pirates films with his writing partner Ted Elliott, but will be going it alone this time.
In a recent interview producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that a script for a 5th film was in the works, but whether it gets made or not will depend on Johnny Depp and whether he wants to set sail once again.
From USA Today:
At test screenings of On Stranger Tides, “the audience told us what they loved about it is that it was fresh, it was new, it was a whole new story,” Bruckheimer said in an interview alongside Marshall. “So that will carry over into the next one, too, to give it something fresh and different. As long as the audience embraces this one, we’ll certainly try to make another one. It’s really up to Johnny. He loves the character.”
If Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is received warmly 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 out.
Sam Claflin and Astrid Berges-Frisbey who play Philip and Syrena the mermaid look set to become the new ‘Will and Elizabeth’ if the shot of them looking fondly at each other in the trailer is anything to go by, so new storylines and sub-plots could be created with these new characters.