He was more surprised than anyone that the title had been trumpeted at Disney’s new promotional convention.
“I was still – as far as I understood – not free to talk about it. Then about a week ago my agent wrote and said, ‘You’re now able to say that in fact Disney did option the book.’ That happened a while ago, it’ll be three years in April.” /LaTimes/
But now Powers has confirmed that his novel has been optioned by Disney and will be used in some fashion to craft the story for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
“I’ve watched all the [Pirates] movies several times, of course, and I think the clear thing they would use is the trip to the Fountain of Youth. My main character doesn’t overlap with Jack Sparrow at all [in personality or circumstance]; they’re totally different characters. I suppose they might overlap the Geoffrey Rush character Barbossa and Blackbeard. The only thing I feel certain they will hold on to is the Fountain of Youth since they telegraphed that at the end of the last movie.”