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- "Like the original Disneyland 'Pirates of the Caribbean', we've tried to make our movies an "E" ticket attraction which everyone can ride together."
- ―Jerry Bruckheimer[src]
Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of films directed by Gore Verbinski (1, 2, 3) and Rob Marshall (4), written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. They are based on the popular Walt Disney theme park ride of the same name. The films follow the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), along with Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Bootstrap Bill Turner (Stellan Skarsgård), Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), Angelica (Penélope Cruz) and Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Supporting characters include Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally), James Norrington (Jack Davenport), Governor Weatherby Swann (Jonathan Pryce), Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander), Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris), Philip Swift (Sam Claflin), and Syrena (Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey).
The films started with their first release on the big screen in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. After the unexpected success of the first film, Walt Disney Pictures revealed that a trilogy was in the works. And so a sequel, Dead Man's Chest, was released three years later in 2006. Dead Man's Chest proved to be very successful, breaking records worldwide the day of its premiere. In the end it acquired a total of $1,066,179,725 at the worldwide box office, becoming the (at the time) fastest film to reach the $1 billion mark and stood as the third highest-grossing film worldwide. The third film in the series, At World's End was released in 2007. In September 2008, Johnny Depp signed on for a fourth film in the franchise, later titled On Stranger Tides, which was released in 2011 in conventional 2D, Disney Digital 3-D, and IMAX 3D. It succeeded in grossing more than $1 billion, becoming the second Pirates film to achieve this. So far, the film franchise has grossed $3.72 billion worldwide and is one of the only franchises with more than one film that has reached $1 billion worldwide. While a fifth film was confirmed to be in development, the making of the film is yet to be confirmed.
During the early 1990s, screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio conceived of writing a film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Disney had Jay Wolpert write a script based on the ride, which producer Jerry Bruckheimer rejected, feeling it was, "a straight pirate movie." Stuart Beattie was brought in to rewrite the script in March 2002, due to his knowledge of piracy, and later that month Elliott and Rossio were brought in. Elliott and Rossio were inspired by the opening narration of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride, and decided to give the film a supernatural edge. As the budget rose, Michael Eisner and Robert Iger threatened to cancel the film, though Bruckheimer changed their minds when he showed them concept art and animatics.
In May 2002 Gore Verbinski signed on to direct Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush signed on the following month to star. Verbinski was attracted to the idea of using modern technology to resurrect a genre that had disappeared after the Golden Age of Hollywood, and recalled his childhood memories of the ride, feeling the film was an opportunity to pay tribute to the "scary and funny" tone of it. Depp was attracted to the story as he found it quirky: rather than trying to find treasure, the crew of the Black Pearl were trying to return it in order to lift their curse; also, the traditional mutiny had already taken place. Because of the interest in the film, Depp signed on for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. Verbinski approached Rush for the role of Barbossa, as he knew he would not play it with attempts at complexity, but with a simple villainy that would suit the story's tone. Orlando Bloom read the script after Rush, whom he was working with on Ned Kelly, suggested it to him. Keira Knightley came as a surprise to Verbinski: he had not seen her performance in Bend It Like Beckham and was impressed by her audition. Tom Wilkinson was negotiated with to play Governor Swann, but the role went to Jonathan Pryce, whom Depp idolized.
Filming for The Curse of the Black Pearl began on October 9, 2002 and ended by March 7, 2003. Before its release on July 9, 2003, many had expected the film to be a flop, as the pirate genre had not been successful for years, the film was based on a theme park ride, and Johnny Depp rarely made a big film. However, The Curse of the Black Pearl became both a critical and commercial success.
Second and Third filmEdit
Seeing the first film's performance, the cast and crew signed on for two more sequels to be shot back-to-back, a practical decision on Disney's part to allow more time with the same cast and crew. Writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio knew that with an ensemble cast, they weren't free to invent totally different situations and characters, as with the Indiana Jones and James Bond series, and so had to retroactively turn The Curse of the Black Pearl into the first of a trilogy. They wanted to explore the reality of what would happen after Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann's embrace at the end of the first film, and initially considered the Fountain of Youth as the plot device. But, they settled on introducing Davy Jones, the Flying Dutchman and the Kraken, a mythology rarely mentioned in the first film. They also introduced the historical East India Trading Company, who for them represented a counterpoint to the themes of personal freedom represented by pirates.
Filming for both sequels, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, began on February 28, 2005. Filming for Dead Man's Chest ended on March 1, 2006, and the film was released on July 7, 2006. Filming for At World's End ended on January 10, 2007, and the film was released on May 25, 2007. Both back-to-back films were commercially successful and broke box office records.
Because of the success of the previous films, and Johnny Depp's desire to play Jack Sparrow again, a fourth film was in the works. On April 2007, Disney bought the rights to Tim Powers' novel, On Stranger Tides, which they plan to adapt into the fourth installment. Gore Verbinski was interested in returning, but later left the project to direct a film adaption of the video game, Bioshock. Rob Marshall later replaced Verbinski as the director of the fourth film. Jerry Bruckheimer returned to produce the fourth installment, with writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio writing the screenplay using elements from Tim Powers' novel. While the proposed title for the film, which was highly used by fans and critics, was Pirates of the Caribbean: The Fountain of Youth, Disney announced that the title would be Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Previous cast members Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Greg Ellis, Damian O'Hare and Keith Richards were set to return. Many other cast members, including Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Mackenzie Crook, did not star in the fourth installment. On March 2010, it was announced that Ian McShane and Penélope Cruz would star in the fourth installment. McShane would portray the new villain, Blackbeard, and Cruz would portray Jack Sparrow's love interest, Angelica, who is also the daughter of Blackbeard. It was also confirmed that the fourth installment would be filmed in 3-D.
Filming for On Stranger Tides began on June 14, 2010 and ended on November 19, 2010. The film was released worldwide on May 20, 2011. On Stranger Tides broke box office records and achieving financial success.
Even before the worldwide success of On Stranger Tides, Disney was prepping for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. In January 2011, writer Terry Rossio had been confirmed to write the script for the fifth film, but without his writing partner, Ted Elliott. Johnny Depp said that he would be happy to play Jack Sparrow again, "As long as we can put all the puzzle pieces together, I would most definitely consider it," he said. Speaking at the fourth film's press launch, Johnny Depp said he would play the role for as long as it is popular with the public. After receiving positive feedback on the standalone story of On Stranger Tides, producer Jerry Bruckheimer indicated that the fifth Pirates would be a stand-alone film. In October 2011, Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that there was a finished script, but decided that it could do better. Orlando Bloom said that he would like to return for a fifth film if he was offered. In an interview, Kevin McNally stated that a summer 2012 production start was possible. Because of the financial success of On Stranger Tides, the film's director Rob Marshall may return to direct.
On January 11, 2013, it was announced that Disney hired Jeff Nathanson to write Pirates 5, though it is unclear whether or not Nathanson would be working from Terry Rossio's draft or if he'll be tackling the project as a page one rewrite. Later on January 14, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures officially announced the film's release date, July 10, 2015. On May 9, 2013, Deadline.com reported that Fredrik Bond, Rupert Sanders, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg were all in Disney's shortlist of directors being eyed for the fifth Pirates film. On May 29, 2013, Rønning and Sandberg are joining to direct the fifth film.
The Curse of the Black PearlEdit
For the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, like the high seas the world over, present a vast playground where adventure and mystery abound. But Jack's idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the Governor's (Jonathan Pryce) beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Elizabeth's childhood friend, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet, the H.M.S. Interceptor, in a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl. The duo and their ragtag crew are pursued by Elizabeth's betrothed, the debonair, ambitious Commodore Norrington (Jack Davenport), aboard the H.M.S. Dauntless. Unbeknownst to Will, a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead, the moonlight eerily transforming them into living skeletons. The curse they carry can be broken only if the plundered treasure is restored in total and a blood debt repaid. Against all odds, the Interceptor and Dauntless race toward a thrilling confrontation with Barbossa's pirates on the mysterious Isla de Muerta. At stake is Jack Sparrow's revenge, the Black Pearl, a fortune in forbidden treasure, the lifting of the pirates' curse that has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as skeletons, the fate of the British navy, and the lives of our valiant heroes as they clash their swords in fierce combat against the dreaded Pirates of the Caribbean.
Dead Man's ChestEdit
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski, Captain Jack sets sail on this all-new adventure. In this swashbuckling and spectacular follow-up to the blockbuster 2003 film, the decidedly eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is caught up in another tangled web of supernatural intrigue. Although the curse of the Black Pearl has been lifted, an even more terrifying threat looms over its captain and scurvy crew: it turns out that Jack owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), Ruler of the Ocean Depths, who captains the ghostly Flying Dutchman, which no other ship can match in speed and stealth. Unless the ever-crafty Jack figures a cunning way out of this Faustian pact, he will be cursed to an afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation in the service of Jones. This startling development interrupts the wedding plans of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), who once again find themselves thrust into Jack's misadventures, leading to escalating confrontations with sea monsters, very unfriendly islanders, flamboyant soothsayer Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) and even the mysterious appearance of Will’s long-lost father, Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgård).
Meanwhile, ruthless pirate hunter Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) of the East India Trading Company sets his sights on retrieving the fabled Dead Man's Chest. According to legend, whoever possesses the Dead Man's Chest gains control of Davy Jones, and Beckett intends to use this awesome power to destroy every last Pirate of the Caribbean once and for all. For times are changing on the high seas, with businessmen and bureaucrats becoming the true pirates...and freewheeling, fun-loving buccaneers like Jack and his crew threatened with extinction.
At World's EndEdit
It is a dark time as the Age of Piracy nears to a close. Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) of the East India Company has gained control of the terrifying ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman, and its malevolent, vengeful Captain, Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). The Dutchman now roams the seven seas, unstoppable, destroying pirate ships without mercy, under the command of Admiral Norrington (Jack Davenport).Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) embark on a desperate quest to gather the Nine Lords of the Brethren Court, their only hope to defeat Beckett, the Flying Dutchman, and his Armada. But one of the Lords is missing—Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), either the best or worst pirate ever, and now trapped in Davy Jones' Locker, thanks to his encounter with the monstrous Kraken. In an increasingly shaky alliance, our heroes, including Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris), Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook) must first travel to dangerous, exotic Singapore and confront Chinese pirate Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat) to gain charts, and a ship, that will take them off to world's end, to rescue Jack. But even if Captain Jack is successfully rescued, the gathering of the legendary Brethren Court may not be enough to hold back the fearsome tide of Beckett, Davy Jones and their powerful Armada...unless the capricious sea goddess Calypso, imprisoned in human form, can be freed and convinced to come to their aid.
As betrayal piles upon betrayal, it becomes clear that Jack, Will, Elizabeth, Sao Feng, and Barbossa each have their own agenda, and no one can be trusted. Yet each must choose a side, and make their final alliances for one last battle, in a titanic showdown that could eliminate the freedom-loving pirates from the seven seas—forever.
On Stranger TidesEdit
Travel with Captain Jack on his action-packed journey to the legendary Fountain of Youth. When Jack crosses paths (and swords) with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), a ravishing pirate with whom he shares a dubious past, she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship belonging to the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).
Finding himself a prisoner on an unexpected journey to the fabled fountain, Jack must use all his wiles to deal with the barbarous Blackbeard and his crew of zombies, Angelica, who can—and will—match him wit for wit and sword for sword, and beautiful, enchanting mermaids whose masterful cunning can lure even the most seasoned sailor to his doom.
Tales of the Code: WedlockedEdit
Wenches Scarlett (Lauren Maher) and Giselle (Vanessa Branch) fix each other up for their wedding, in which they would each marry their groom. Upon realizing that both their grooms were the same man, Jack Sparrow, the two wenches found themselves in an auction led by the Auctioneer. The short film served as the prequel to The Curse of the Black Pearl, explaining just why Jack Sparrow's boat the Jolly Mon was seen sinking at the beginning of the whole story, and explaining why wenches Scarlett and Giselle were so upset with him.
Cast and crewEdit
The cast of the movies featured notable actors. Chief among them were Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush, in their roles as Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa, supported by Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley who starred as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann in the first three films. Throughout the first three films, they were joined by many of the other actors who starred in notable supporting or minor roles. In the fourth film, On Stranger Tides, only Depp, Rush, and Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) reprised their roles from the first three films, backed by almost an entire cast of new supporting and minor characters.
The first four movies were worked on by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, costume designer Penny Rose, composer Hans Zimmer. Gore Verbinski directed the first three films, the popular Pirates trilogy, while the fourth film was directed by Rob Marshall. While Zimmer took part in making the music for the first film, credit was given to Klaus Badelt.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20050713090935/http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hp&cf=prev&id=1808405416&gpt=ch
- ↑ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=73227&offset=20
- ↑ http://screenrant.com/pirates-caribbean-sequels-standalone-stories-schrad-108521/
- ↑ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=83332
- ↑ http://collider.com/jerry-bruckheimer-lone-ranger-budget-pirates-5/121358/
- ↑ http://www.worstpreviews.com/headline.php?id=23052&count=0
- ↑ http://www.movieweb.com/news/exclusive-pirates-of-the-caribbean-5-gears-up-for-summer-2012-shoot
- ↑ Disney hires writer for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' | Variety
- ↑ Jeff Nathanson to Write Pirates of the Caribbean 5 - ComingSoon.net
- ↑ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Announces New Release Dates!
- ↑ Disney Getting Close On 'Pirates 5' Director; Here's The Short List
- ↑ 'Kon-Tiki' Helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Land 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5'