Finally, the tentative time of release of fourth instalment of Pirates of Caribbean has been announced. Film number four, titled ‘Pirates of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’, is based on a book of similar name and is likely to hit the theatres sometime in the 2011 summers. This fantasy novel, ‘On Stranger Tides’ was written by Tim Powers and won Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1988.
Since there can be no Pirates of Caribbean without Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp will re-praise the role in the much awaited flick. The movie will see Captain Jack Sparrow and his foil Hector Barbossa going in the quest of fountain of youth. If media reports are to be believed, Depp has charged Disney a fortune to be a part of next instalment of this winning series. A whooping sum of $56 million has been paid to the actor for his appearance in the movie. This project has made Depp the most highly paid actor of the Hollywood. Will Smith was named the highest earning actor by Forbes, earlier this year with his gross income touching $70 million. But with ‘Pirates of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ in his pocket, Depp is estimated to make over $123 million this year.
The movie ran into rough waters in April this year when Director Gore Verbinsk, abandoned the project. In his rather blunt statement he said that he had no time for the fourth instalment as he wanted to focus on other projects. After a long search, Disney finally settled for Rob Marshall to direct the movie and repeat the success of the previous three instalments.
For the uninitiated, Rob Marshall has been associated with movies like ‘Chicago’, ’Nine’, ‘Memoirs of a Giesha’. He is quite confident that he will be able to duplicate the success of other three immensely popular and successful movies even without stars like Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly. It’s good to be confident, Mr. Marshall, but previous outstanding instalment of the series has whetted the appetite of audience for more and meeting such high expectations would not be a child’s play.