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The Curse of the Black Pearl - 10 Year Anniversary

J Fan June 25, 2013 User blog:J Fan

"You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner. You're in one!"
- Captain Barbossa
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Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - Trailer


In 2001, Jay Wolpert developed a script based on Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean. Because of his knowledge of piracy, Stuart Beattie rewrote the script in 2002. When Jerry Bruckheimer became involved, he had the writing team of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio brought in to work on the script, bringing the element of the supernatural laced with lots of humor, which gave the story an edge. This would lead a film crew into creating a new world by making the thrilling high-seas adventure with a mysterious twist that started it all. The filmmakers do point out that the film is a homage to the popular Disney ride, not a direct interpretation of the attraction itself, although they did rely on sketches and original concept drawings by Marc Davis, one of the ride's innovators, for reference points.

Yes Pirates fans, it's almost been 10 years since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was released into theaters on July 9, 2003. This first installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies was directed by Gore Verbinski, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and written by Jay Wolpert, Stuart Beattie, and the writing duo of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. The cast of The Curse of the Black Pearl include Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann. Other well-known cast members include Jack Davenport as Commodore Norrington, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Zoe Saldana as Anamaria, and Jonathan Pryce as Governor Weatherby Swann.


The film follows roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's idyllic pirate life after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal—kidnapping the Governor's beautiful daughter, Elizabeth. In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead.

Before its release, many journalists expected Pirates of the Caribbean to be a flop, mostly because both the pirate genre and films based on theme park rides had not been successful for years. Despite the support of Dick Cook, Disney attempted to pull the plug on the project. But that's a story for another day - wink wink. Main point, the film was ultimately made and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl became a success upon its release with positive reviews and grossing over $654 million worldwide, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2003. Audiences around the world seemed to agree that the film not only breathed new life into a dead genre, but had actually reinvented it. The film had also touched the hearts of many, some who consider it be either the best Pirates film or their favorite - or both - whether it be the action, adventure, romance, comedy, or even the outstanding performance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Soon the film became the first in a series in a still-growing franchise, which led to changes at the Disney Parks, including creating new attractions.

And that's what this blog is for: anyone who enjoyed The Curse of the Black Pearl can join in the celebration. You can learn more through the following articles:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – Here you'll learn the majority of info regarding the film. From the film's plot, to character appearances, to the making of the film itself.
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl/Gallery – Concept art, posters and images from the film.
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl/Deleted scenes – Various images of the film's official and unofficial deleted or extended scenes.
  4. List of references in Pirates of the Caribbean – Learn of references within the film; most of which that came from the original Disneyland ride!

I hope everyone has a great time celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Curse of the Black Pearl. Enjoy! :)

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