The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise has been a case of diminishing returns, quality wise. A great idea that feels, at times, stretched to breaking point.
The first one was a tremendous swashbuckler, with a perfectly pitched supernatural fantasy element. After this they just went slowly off the rails.
Unbelievably, there have been five movies now in the series, although after the second one they start to blur into each other.
After years of rumors of reboots, of female-led versions starring Margot Robbie, and other ideas that feel destined to failure, a sixth entry did have one promising feature – Craig Mazin.
The writer/producer behind Chernobyl and The Last of Us, along with script support on Dune: Part Two, was brought onboard.
One of the most in-demand writers and producers in Hollywood teamed with long-time Pirates writer Ted Elliot to create a script. In a recent interview with the The Los Angeles Times he gave an update:
“We pitched it and thought there’s no way they’re buying it, it’s too weird. And they did! And then he [Elliot] wrote a fantastic script, and the strike happened, and everyone’s waiting around.”
Both Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom were rumored to be potentially returning. The last movie ended on something of a cliffhanger involving the characters.
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