I was sorta hoping I wouldn’t have to cover Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5, but some leaked script details reveal that the franchise is heading back into the supernatural realm.
Bleeding Cool got their hands on the screenplay for the film recently pulled from release, for supposed ballooning budgetary reason. In it, they reveal that Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) will be fighting a coven of witches, you know, the new “cool” in the subgenre.
In terms of the plot, the new female lead will trigger the arc: “There’s going to be a new female lead, a sparring partner for Jack Sparrow,” explains the site. “She’s nothing like him, mind you – despite being suspected of witchcraft, she’s actually a woman of science. Expect some sexual chemistry, but also expect it to be a touch one sided…
“As for witches, they’re central to whole conceit,” they continue. “There are some other, actual witches involved. If Tia Dalma, from the second and third films, makes another appearance, it’s a minor one but it’ll be very easy to leave her out. These new witches have somewhat less of a hoodoo flavouring.”
Lastly, they reveal that there’s a ghost in a leading role! “Keeping up the supernatural flavour, there’s also going to be a ghost in a leading role. It’s this character, a former member of the British military now sided with Barbossa on a revenge mission, that gives the film its title.”
The sequel is said to be titled Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is an uber cool reference to the rides at Walt Disneyworld and Disney Land!
I haven’t really liked any of the sequels to Gore Verbinski’s absolutely astounding 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, so it’s hard for me to get excited. Still, if this comes together as reported, I could see myself gearing up for the summer tentpole release!