Remember when bloggers said "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" would begin shooting in November of 2012 because the always-reliable Caribbean Business was reporting that Disney has confirmed a Puerto Rico shoot last year? Yeah, that didn't obviously happen. In fact, while a script for a fifth 'Pirates' movie was reportedly finished in May of 2011, clearly it's not ready for prime time and the film isn't going in front of cameras any time soon.
In fact, while Terry Rossio, who has co-scripted all of the previous films (including episode four,"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"), had officially signed on to pen the fifth installment two years ago, Disney has now hired "Catch Me if You Can" scribe Jeff Nathanson to write the screenplay.
Interestingly enough, Variety's report doesn't even mention Rossio and therefore suggests Nathanson is writing the script from scratch. Jerry Bruckheimer is once again producing and Johnny Depp will once again star as Captain Jack Sparrow, presuming he likes and approves the fifth script (but hell, he thought the last two were up to snuff too). While it's easy enough to just ask, why isn't enough enough already, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films have grossed a total of $3.7 billion dollars worldwide, with an average of $932 million per film, so it's easy to understand why no one wants to give up this cash cow.
Those islands in the South of France don't come cheap, either. Dare to dream that Johnny Depp returns to the quirky character acting he made his name on one day. Let's also not forget Nathanson's recent credits include "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "Tower Heist"...