All Pirates of the Caribbean fans out there – we have some great news for you!
Actually, it’s going to be an update from some interviews that lucky guys from Slash and Collider (who were at the London set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) managed to get from writer Terry Rossio, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the rest of the Pirates team.
You already know that Terry Rossio (along with his writing partner Ted Eliott) has written all four ‘Pirates’ movies, but now, he admitted that “one thing that is consistent is the need for reinvention” when it comes to approaching a new installment. He explained:
“Fans want a really immersive story, they want a complex story, they want more character stuff. They want their most beloved characters to all have important moments, and that’s what led us to, in the trilogy, doing the sort of tapestry, interwoven, multiple redundant stories because the fans were just really eating it up and really enjoying it.”
Rossio also said that: “The key to Jack Sparrow is that he’s the trickster, so he is an archetypal character. That type of character doesn’t show up in American cinema that much. You go to Bugs Bunny to get the classic kind of tricksters. And the key to the trickster character is that that character is environmentally based.
Jack Sparrow is not that good at not getting caught for example, you can catch him. He’s caught all the time, the thing is that you can’t hang on to him because what he does is, he starts tap dancing, and he starts blowing smoke and he starts talking circles around you. And what he’s doing it, is he’s looking for the opportunity because the ultimate thing about Jack Sparrow is he has faith and conviction in himself that the world is going to turn his way eventually.
Maybe not now, maybe now he’s down and out, maybe his ship is sinking, maybe he’s drunk, maybe he’s in prison whatever. But he knows, he has faith through long experience that if he just hangs on long enough, there’ll be a little bit of fate that will turn things his way that he can actually use to his advantage.”
When it comes to Johnny Depp, Rossio talked about his contribution:
“We had more early meetings with Johnny in terms of talking about what he was interested in doing, and then when we presented story elements, or presented plot elements. He was really involved. He was surprisingly, I think, surprising is not the right word, he was more involved, or significantly involved in coming up with story lines, connecting characters, creating moments that we would then fashion, shape and then go back, and pitch that again. So that was different, in terms of usual process.”
Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer, also talked about Depp’s involvement in shaping the story:
When you have smart actors, I think it’s really in your best interest to bring them in and work with them if they have good ideas, and most of them do. I’ve been very fortunate, most of the actors we’ve worked with have really terrific ideas and help you. The wonderful thing about it is that Terry and Ted get all the credit, which is great for them, when good ideas get floated around. They’re very generous in accepting other people’s ideas, because they know their name goes on the screenplay. And they take Johnny’s ideas if they’re good, and discuss them.
Here’s what the producer had to say about filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 3D:
I just think it’s such an immersive filmmaking; I think it makes you part of the actual filming because you’re part of the screen. It makes it closer to you. We’re very adventurous and we decided we wanted to be the first big movie-exterior movie-to do this. Avatar was all on a stage, mostly on a stage. We’re the first big adventure picture that’s going to be release that is 3D and is actually using 3D cameras.
So, check out now the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides official synopsis: Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise – this time in Disney Digital 3D.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love – or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth.
When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past.
The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.”
By now, we all know that the movie stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Stephen Graham, Sam Claflin, Greg Ellis, Óscar Jaenada, Jami Gertz, Kevin McNally and Gemma Ward.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides gets released May 20, 2011.