Sunday, September 13, 2009
Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films have officially given the green light to begin production on "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" starring Johnny Depp. The project is in active development and filming begins in April or May of 2010. The film is aiming for a Summer 2011 release date.
Depp will reprise his role of Captain Jack Sparrow, but Keira Knightley has already announced that she will not be returning. There will be several new main characters for the film.
The 4th POC film is believed to be going to be based on Tim Powers' book "On Stranger Tides" which has the following storyline with "Jack Sparrow" replacing "Jack Shandy".
The book follows the exploits of John "Jack Shandy" Chandagnac, who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who apparently has made off with the family inheritance. During the voyage, he gets to know a woman named Beth Hurwood and her father, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive, their ship is waylaid by pirates and, with the help of the professor and his assistant, the captain is killed and Chandagnac is forced to join the pirate crew. The reader discovers a sinister plot being concocted by the professor involving his dead wife, his living daughter and Blackbeard. Chandagnac, now known as "Jack Shandy", must put a stop to these plans and save Beth Hurwood.