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There's a nice little 90-minute B movie trapped inside the 143 minutes of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," a movie that charms the audience and then outstays its welcome. Although the ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel, the movie feels like it already includes the sequel; maybe that explains the double-barreled title. It's a good thing that Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp are on hand to jack up the acting department. Their characters, two world-class goofballs, keep us interested even during entirely pointless swordfights.

Pointless? See if you can follow me here. Capt. Jack Sparrow (Depp) has a deep hatred for Capt. Barbossa (Rush), who led a mutiny aboard Sparrow's pirate ship, the Black Pearl, and left Capt. Jack stranded on a deserted island. Barbossa and his crew then ran afoul of an ancient curse that turned them into the Undead. By day they look like normal if dissolute humans, but by the light of the moon, they're revealed as skeletal cadavers. Now here's the important part: Because they're already dead, they cannot be killed. Excuse me for supplying logic where it is manifestly not wanted, but doesn't that mean there's no point in fighting them? There's a violent battle at one point between the Black Pearl crew and sailors of the Royal Navy, and unless I am mistaken the sailors would all eventually have to be dead because the skeletons could just keep on fighting forever, until they won. Yes? The only reason I bring this up is that the battle scenes actually feel as if they go on forever. It's fun at first to see a pirate swordfight, but eventually it gets to the point where the sword-clashing, yardarm-swinging and timber-shivering get repetitious. I also lost count of how many times Jack Sparrow is the helpless captive of both the British and the pirates, and escapes from the chains/brig/noose/island.

And yet the movie made me grin at times, and savor the daffy plot, and enjoy the way Depp and Rush fearlessly provide performances that seem nourished by deep wells of nuttiness. Depp in particular seems to be channeling a drunken drag queen, with his eyeliner and the way he minces ashore and slurs his dialogue ever so insouciantly. Don't mistake me: This is not a criticism, but admiration for his work. It can be said that his performance is original in its every atom. There has never been a pirate, or for that matter a human being, like this in any other movie. There's some talk about how he got too much sun while he was stranded on that island, but his behavior shows a lifetime of rehearsal. He is a peacock in full display.

Consider how boring it would have been if Depp had played the role straight, as an Errol Flynn or Douglas Fairbanks (Sr. or Jr.) might have. To take this material seriously would make it unbearable. Capt. Sparrow's behavior is so rococo that other members of the cast actually comment on it. And yet because it is consistent and because you can never catch Depp making fun of the character, it rises to a kind of cockamamie sincerity.

Geoffrey Rush is relatively subdued--but only by contrast. His Barbossa, whose teeth alone would intimidate a congregation of dentists, brings gnashing to an art form.

Only the film's PG-13 rating prevents him from doing unthinkable things to the heroine, Elizabeth Swann ( Keira Knightley ), whose blood, it is thought, can free the captain and his crew from the Curse of the Black Pearl.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Weatherby Swann, the governor ( Jonathan Pryce ) of Port Royal, a British base in the Caribbean, and seems destined to marry Cmdr. Norrington ( Jack Davenport ), a fate which we intuit would lead to a lifetime of conversations about his constipation.

She truly loves the handsome young swordsmith Will Turner ( Orlando Bloom ), whom she met when they were both children, after spotting him adrift on a raft with a golden pirate medallion around his neck, which turns out to hold the key to the curse. Jack Sparrow takes a fatherly interest in young Turner, especially when he discovers who his father was ... and that is quite enough of the plot.

Bloom is well cast in a severely limited role as the heroic straight-arrow. He has the classic profile of a silent-film star. Knightley you will recall as the best friend of the heroine in " Bend It Like Beckham ," where she had a sparkle altogether lacking here.

Truth be told, she doesn't generate enough fire to explain why these swashbucklers would risk their lives for her, and in closeup, seems composed when she should smolder. Parminder K. Nagra , the star of "Beckham," might have been a more spirited choice.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" is "based on" the theme park ride at Disney World, which I have taken many times. It is also inspired (as the ride no doubt was) by the rich tradition of pirate movies, and excels in such departments as buried treasure, pirates' caves, pet parrots and walking the plank, although there is a shortage of eye patches and hooks.

The author Dave Eggers reportedly plans to open a Pirates' Store, complete with planks measured and made to order, and "The Curse of the Black Pearl" plays like his daydreams.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Rated PG-13 For Violence

134 minutes

Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow

Geoffrey Rush as Capt. Barbossa

Jonathan Pryce as The Governor

Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann

Orlando Bloom as Will Turner

Jack Davenport as Norrington

Damian O'Hare as Lt. Gillette

Lee Arenberg as Pintel

MacKenzie Crook as Ragetti

Giles as Murtogg

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  • Gore Verbinski
  • Ted Elliott
  • Terry Rossio
  • Jay Wolpert

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"Pirates of the Caribbean" - Movie Review

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  • Updated Aug 07, 2007

"Pirates of the Caribbean" - Movie Review

Genre : Action, Adventure

Rating: PG-13 (for action/adventure violence)

Release Date: July 9, 2003

Actors: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Tom Wilkinson, Keira Knightly, Jonathan Pryce, Jack Davenport

Director: Gore Verbinski

Plot: The story is set in motion in the seventeenth century with 10-year-old Will drifting in the Caribbean Sea amidst the murdered crew and burning wreckage of a British ship that was attacked by pirates. The same day of his rescue, young Elizabeth (who has a romanticized notion about pirates) sees a gold medallion around Will's neck of a Jolly Roger skull and takes it from the unconscious boy thinking she has spared his life. Years later we see Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp), a charming pirate who has sailed all over the world, come to the Caribbean seeking adventure and treasure. Captain Jack's troubles begin when his precious ship, The Black Pearl, is stolen by the conniving Captain Barbossa (Rush). Then Jack is accused of kidnapping the governor's (Pryce) daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Knightly), and thrown in jail by her fiancé, British Commodore Norrington (Davenport). When the town of Port Royal is then attacked by Barbossa and Elizabeth is kidnapped by his men, Jack escapes jail and enlists the help of Elizabeth's childhood friend, Will Turner (Bloom), to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet and go after Elizabeth. As the two get closer to catching the kidnappers aboard the H.M.S. Dauntless, they discover skeletons in Barbossa's closet. It appears that his crew is cursed to live forever as the undead, with the moonlight eerily transforming them into living skeletons, until their treasure of gold is returned in full to them. When Jack realizes he has the gold coin that could release them from their curse, the deadly chase is on.

Bad: Gore Verbinski directed the horror thriller "The Ring" and has incorporated the same knack for intense storytelling in this friendlier pirate tale without the darker elements of a horror movie. For parents believing that this movie will be "kid friendly" like the theme park ride, let me clarify that this is not a children's movie. However, this movie could be considered "teen friendly" because of the mature themes, adult humor and levity throughout the story. By definition a pirate movie is going to have a group of dangerous, unscrupulous characters who drink, use crude language, are filthy to look at and have no qualms about killing. On top of being a nasty bunch, they happen to have a curse on them that makes them turn into ghosts in the moonlight. This crew is willing to do whatever it takes (even kill Elizabeth) to return the gold coin and be freed from their curse. A few funny characters have been thrown in to keep the story humorous (one pirate has a wooden eye that keeps popping out, another has a bird who talks for him, etc.), so the audience doesn't ever take the story too seriously. There are numerous sword fights with casualties and there are other scenes with knives and swords (Elizabeth stabs a dinner knife into Barbossa's chest, but since he's undead, it doesn't hurt him; a fork lands in a pirate's fake eye; Jack shoots a pirate in the chest), but nothing is graphically portrayed. And of course there are the scenes of the pirates in the moonlight who appear in their skeletal form and look disgusting and creepy (flesh falling off their bones and their eyes bulging out). I will say if your children have seen the commercials for the movie, then they've seen the worst of what the pirates look like. But there are still a few scenes that are intense, so parents, you'll need to be discerning about what may frighten or disturb your children, depending on their age and maturity. There are a few mild profanities, some mild sexual innuendoes made by Barbossa and several women slap Jack on the face. There is obviously an abundance of violence because of the numerous battles and fights that various characters get into. And again, there are causalities -- but nothing graphic.

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Courted by a stuffy commodore, a beautiful girl secretly pines for a humble blacksmith, who is equally smitten with her. A ghostly galleon full of “undead” pirates pays a visit in search of a gold doubloon needed to reverse a curse. And the flamboyant, bejeweled, displaced Capt. Jack Sparrow, a former member of the buccaneers’ crew, blows into port to steal a ship (“commandeering,” he argues, or “borrowing without permission”).

Sparrow’s mission gets blown off course by the governor’s reckless daughter, Elizabeth Swann, when he’s called upon to rescue the damsel from her kidnappers—the dastardly crew of the most dreaded ship on the high seas, the Black Pearl. Our unlikely hero is the only one who knows where the ghost ship is berthed, having captained it before his former first lieutenant Barbossa staged a mutiny and left Sparrow to die on a deserted island. Sparrow is aided by young Will Turner, the blacksmith apprentice who’s loved Elizabeth since his youth, and the highly motivated duo are determined to let nothing stop them from reclaiming their treasures … even when they find out that their adversaries can’t be killed because they’re already dead, placed under a terrible curse by pagan gods for their insatiable greed.

Positive Elements

The pirate “code of parlez” (French for “speak”) gives otherwise merciless pirates the opportunity to show grace to their captives. Elizabeth first invokes it when she’s captured by leering, jeering riff-raff fresh off the Black Pearl and is given an audience with its captain (going from the proverbial frying pan into the fire).

Although a bit sappy and doting, Gov. Swann is obviously a loving, caring (and inexplicably single) dad who places his daughter’s happiness high on the priority scale.

When asked by Sparrow how far he’s willing to go to save the kidnapped Elizabeth, Turner unhesitatingly replies, “I’d die for her.” He proves himself a man of his word as he repeatedly puts his life on the line for the woman he loves.

Spiritual Elements

A great deal of superstitious fear surrounds the Black Pearl, described by one sailor in hushed whispers as, “a ship with black sails, crewed by the damned and captained by a man so evil hell itself spit him back out.” Except, in the context of the story, it’s not superstition. Captain Barbossa tells the captive Elizabeth about how angry heathen gods hexed a stolen chest of Aztec gold: Any mortal that removed more than a single piece would be punished for eternity. He and his greedy crew have brought the curse down on themselves by spending all the coins but one, and now are imprisoned in the realm of the undead until every coin is returned to the chest and blood from a certain pirate’s line is spilt upon it.

Christian families looking for modern-day parables will find a parallel between the pagan gods’ requirement of blood to lift the curse of the Black Pearl to God’s requirement for His own Son’s blood sacrifice to lift the curse of sin and death from mankind. But these waters get muddy pretty quickly, and that lesson is mostly obscured by the symbols of evil that surround it.

Sexual Content

There’s a whole lot of skirt-chasing going on at the pirates’ hideout. Pirates cavort with busty ladies, prompting Sparrow to remark, “If every town in the world were like this one, no man would ever feel unwanted.” A rum-sodden sailor, though, doesn’t even notice when a woman repeatedly lifts her skirts behind his head. A romantically unattached man is asked if he’s a eunuch. Barbossa speaks of frittering treasure away on women, and the curse that’s left him and his men with lust so strong that “all the pleasurable company in the world cannot slake it.” He later longs for the “warmth of a woman’s flesh.”

Both society women and pirate playthings reveal lots of cleavage common to that period’s apparel. Elizabeth is forced to remove her dress (revealing modest undergarments) in front of the pirate crew. A woman is rescued from drowning by a pirate who rips her dress and corset off to allow her to breathe, but the scene is more sensational than sexual. Elizabeth pulls Turner’s hand to her breast before placing it on his medallion that she’s been wearing around her neck.

Violent Content

The movie is quite violent with a large body count, though there’s not a lot of blood. Much of the mayhem involves undead pirates who turn skeletal in the moonlight. People get shot at close range and run through with swords. There are hangings and a few slit throats. A pirate gets showered with glowing embers from a bed-warming pan. Another gets hit in the belly by a cannon ball. Yet another pulls out his wooden eye by the flying fork that’s pierced it. Ships fire cannons at each other and at a coastal town. Buildings and ships are seen burning.

Sparrow and Turner engage in a sword fight (no one gets hurt). Sparrow takes it in stride when his face gets slapped by two women scorned and another whose ship he stole. He holds a woman at gunpoint to make an escape. Both Elizabeth and Will, at separate times, are threatened with knives held to their throats. Three skeletons hang under the sign “Pirates Ye Beware” at a cove entrance.

Perhaps the most egregious violence is Barbossa’s rough treatment of Elizabeth. He slaps her unconscious when she won’t answer his question, and makes her walk the plank. In turn, she shoots him and stabs him in the chest, but no harm’s done since he’s undead.

A pirate explains the custom of offering a marooned pirate a gun with a single bullet: “That won’t be much good for huntin’ or to be rescued. After three weeks of starvin’ and thirst, that pistol starts to look real friendly,” then demonstrates by holding fingers to his temple.

Crude or Profane Language

The British profanity “bloody” is uttered frequently, even by the “refined” Miss Swann. God’s name is used lightly in a couple of spots, as is “Mary, mother of god.” The noun hell and the adjective damned are used properly several times; “d–n” is also used improperly once. The words “bastard” and “bejesus” pepper pirate language.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Pirates engage in typical rum swilling. Marooned with Elizabeth, Sparrow unearths a cache of rum and drinks lavishly; Elizabeth dupes him into thinking she’s matching him drink for drink until he passes out. She also rebuffs his flirtations by telling him they “haven’t drank enough yet for that kind of talk.” Elizabeth accepts a glass of wine from Barbossa. A drunken man is seen passed out from his boozing.

Other Negative Elements

When Elizabeth refuses to don a gown of Barbossa’s choice and dine with him, he threatens to make her eat dinner with the crew … naked. (She hastily acquiesces and puts on the contested dress.)

Unlike “parlez,” another pirate code is much less gentlemanly, calling for them to abandon crewmates who fall behind in battle.

Sparrow, Will and Elizabeth make liberal use of situation ethics: the end justifies the often questionable and downright unacceptable means. When all is said and done, crime goes unpunished and the main characters sail off into the sunset (some literally; others figuratively).

Movies once inspired theme-park rides. Now it’s the other way around. ( Haunted Mansion , anyone?) What’s remarkable is that Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl actually delivers the thrills, laughs and romance audiences want while they’re gobbling up popcorn. It’s not just a lazy attempt to capitalize on a brand name.

Portrayed with rock star swagger, Johnny Depp’s Capt. Jack Sparrow is a likable scoundrel who looks like the offspring of Errol Flynn and Joan Jett … in fact, this role has earned Depp near-rock star status with teens. All the more reason for families to be wary of the film’s mixed messages.

Overshadowing the onscreen heroism and fun are disappointing closing remarks romanticizing—even legitimizing—piracy. (That’s especially significant considering the fact that modern-day merchant marines are still victimized by sea robbers, but possibly more so because of the way those who steal songs and movies on the great ocean known as the World Wide Web have been so identified with the peg-legged seafarers of old.) That, and the film’s creepy, prolonged violence should make families think twice before setting sail for this high-seas adventure.

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4K Review: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”

The word “Game changer” gets thrown around so often that it no longer carries a lot of weight, but the term certainly applies to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl . Released in 2003, the film brought Disney its highest-grossing film franchise (pre-acquisition of other brands), made stars of Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom, and reinvigorated Johnny Depp’s career. Two years shy of the film’s 20th anniversary, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has given the blockbuster film a 4K Ultra-HD release. But whether or not it’s worth the premium price for the extra pixels is another story.

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Based on the classic Disneyland  attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  follows forbidden lovers Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightly) who get caught up in a swashbuckling adventure when Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) reaches their shore. In a quest to get his ship back, titled The Black Pearl, the trio must find Captain Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) and his crew and undo a mysterious curse.

There’s no doubt that this film is deserving of a 4K release. Most studios with a franchise of this scale typically release all of the films on 4K at once, usually in box sets. Disney is releasing the series this way internationally, with a 5-film 4K box set scheduled for release in Japan this month. In the U.S., however, it’s just the first film hitting physical media in 4K. The package noticeably lacks Disney’s typical “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” branding, likely because it’s missing a majority of previously released bonus features.

The main issue with this release isn’t so much the missing supplements, but the 4K transfer itself. What you expect from a 4K remaster is improved clarity of picture and a bolder color spectrum. When it comes to the colors, the film already had a stylistically dimmed palette. But the clarity of detail isn’t as big of an improvement as it was on the recent release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit , calling the whole release into question. For more information, read the video section of this review.

Bonus Features

The included Blu-Ray disc contains the following bonus features:

  • Scoundrels of the Sea – Watch the movie with pop-up facts about real pirates.
  • Movie Showcase – Jump to 3 scenes from the movie, perfect for quickly demonstrating the improved visual quality of the then-new Blu-Ray format.
  • Director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp
  • Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Keira Knightly, and Jack Davenport
  • Screenwriters Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Jay Wolpert

Disc 2 of the Blu-Ray release is not included with this set, but many of the bonus features are available on Movies Anywhere through the included digital copy.

The 4K remaster of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  suffers from the after-effects of digital noise reduction in an effort to eliminate film grain. The film didn’t have an excessive amount to begin with and some scenes do reveal greater detail than the Blu-Ray, but not by as wide of a margin as you expect from the 4K format. Another big issue is the color spectrum, which feels muted in comparison to the 4K release. Looking at the same shot in both versions, the sky is a more vivid blue on Blu-Ray, becoming much software on 4K, a medium that should handle it better.

A new 7.1 English Dolby Atmos mix is the real highlight of the 4K Ultra-HD release, but it does play at a quieter volume than the Blu-Ray’s 5.1 mix. Hans Zimmer’s score gets split up, with instruments floating between rear speakers and ambient sounds filling the rear channels. Dialogue primarily comes from the front channels. The subwoofer, surprisingly, is used sparingly, but it also makes it more impactful when you feel the rumble during the biggest action sequences.

Other audio options include an English 2.0 Descriptive Audio track, 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus mixes in French, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese, and a 5.1 Quebec French mix.

Packaging & Design

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  comes in a standard black 4K Blu-Ray case featuring the film’s original poster artwork. A non-embossed slipcover is included with the initial pressing. The 4K disc is black with a skull and crossbones on the bottom. The Blu-Ray disc has the poster artwork on the right side, with Disney’s uniform blue color on the opposite, as was the norm when it was originally pressed in 2007. Inserts include a digital copy code through Movies Anywhere and a flier for Disney Movie Club.

The 4K disc opens with a language selection menu, with a still skull and crossbones behind it. The main menu features the poster artwork set to score, with a few animated effects mapped onto it. The included Blu-Ray is Disc 1 of the 2007 2-disc release. It opens with a general ad for Disney Blu-Ray, followed by previews for Invincible, The Guardian, The Prestige, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End , and an anti-piracy PSA. The menu features an animated skull and crossbones that talks to you as you make choices. One of Disney’s first Blu-Ray releases, it’s an over-the-top presentation that annoys more than it delights.

Final Thoughts

Disney missed the mark with the 4K Ultra-HD release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl . Sadly, the included Blu-Ray disc feels like a more faithful representation of the film’s original colors and the digital noise reduction process didn’t do it any favors, either. This film deserved a better 4K release than this.

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Trouble rolls into the coastal town of Port Royal the moment Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) lightly sets foot on the local's wooden wharf. His quest to reclaim his ship soon involves a band of pirates and the kidnapping of Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley), the Governor's daughter. When an eager young man (Orlando Bloom) attempts to mount a rescue party, the entire British navy becomes involved.

Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl PG-13 for action/adventure violence.

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Like a heavy ocean fog, trouble rolls into the coastal town of Port Royal when Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) lightly sets foot on the local’s wooden wharf. Having lost command of his ship during a mutiny, the roguish captain is consumed with getting the Black Pearl back from his double-crossing first mate, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). And he isn’t above commandeering someone else’s boat to do it.

But his plans to steal the British Navy’s fastest vessel, the HMS Interceptor, are disrupted when Barbossa and the mutineers fire on the seaside settlement and kidnap Elizabeth, the daughter of the Governor (Keira Knightley). Eager to help the friend who once saved his life, Will Tanner (Orlando Bloom), a young blacksmith, begs Jack to help him find the legendary ship and free the captured girl from the pirates.

However, due to the misdeeds of Barbossa and his band of thieves an eerie curse has befallen the Black Pearl—a curse that dooms them to exist between the spheres of life and death until they can undo the hex.

For many, Johnny Depp and Walt Disney Pictures are an unlikely combination to appear in the same movie credits. Suffice it to say, there was some bending on the part of both parties to make it happen. The usually family-friendly official Disney studio banner received its first ever PG-13 rating in the United States and Depp’s bizarre character who wears heavy black eyeliner, gold teeth and double chin braids, was toned down from the original interpretation .

Like the recently released Country Bears , this film is based on a Disney theme park attraction. But don’t expect Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl to be suitable ride for all family members. Prolonged and often tedious amounts of fantasy violence include on-screen shootings, stabbings and multiple impalings. While teens may be intrigued with the pirates’ moonlit transformation from human being to rotting skeleton, children will likely find the change a little scary.

The rakish, ousted pirate captain also appears to be a little tipsy. It could be from too much sun or the burning desire for revenge. But it’s more likely the regular consumption of rum that leaves Jack weaving across the screen in this film that plays alcohol use for comedy.

While slashing several scenes of sword fighting could easily have shortened this script to a more satisfying length, the swashbuckling action will likely appeal to many teens. In addition, Will’s desire to make an honorable name for himself despite his family history allows these boisterous buccaneers to barely squeeze into the B grade.

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Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl rated PG-13? Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for action/adventure violence.

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Movies with love triangles often include two stereotypical male characters, one straight laced and conventional, one more edgy and daring. (See Sweet Home Alabama , Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas , While You Were Sleeping , Sabrina ) Which guy usually gets the girl? Why is he portrayed as the best choice for the heroine? Are those portrayals always realistic?

Although he is completely without morals and willing to do anything to get his way, Jack Sparrow is played as a romantic hero. How do moviemakers win audience support for him? Considering the reality of damage and death he caused, what would be a just punishment for him?

For party ideas for your little scallywags, check FamilyFun.com’s Pirate Party . If you would like to know more about real life pirates, follow this link .

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Full of scurvy buccaneers and buried treasure, Muppet Treasure Island offers a milder version of a pirate tale for younger children. Fans of Orlando Bloom can see the British actor as Legolas Greenleaf in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers . Keira Knightley plays an up and coming female soccer star in Bend It Like Beckham .

This saga continues in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest , Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides .

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Rip-roaring fun for kids who don't mind skeletons.

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Main characters eventually work together to defeat

Main character is a scoundrel, albeit a charming o

Strong female lead avoids being a damsel in distre

A lot of action violence, characters killed. Some

Sexual references (e.g., implying certain characte

Swearing includes "bastard," "damn," and "hell," a

Remember, this is one big ad for a Disneyland ride

Characters drink rum, often to the point of inebri

Parents need to know that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a swashbuckling pirate adventure based on the famous Disney ride that stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom. The movie is not especially graphic but does feature things like an undead pirate crew that may be…

Positive Messages

Main characters eventually work together to defeat an evil band of undead pirates. But they also constantly double- and triple-cross each other.

Positive Role Models

Main character is a scoundrel, albeit a charming one, and authority figures are portrayed negatively. But other characters, including the two main women, are shown as strong and independent, each in their own way.

Diverse Representations

Strong female lead avoids being a damsel in distress. An Afro-Latina woman (Zoe Saldana) in a supporting role captains her own ship. But for a film set in Jamaica, it seems odd that the scenes in town feature nearly no people of color.

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Violence & Scariness

A lot of action violence, characters killed. Some images, including the literally skeleton pirate crew and a false eyeball that keeps coming out, that may be disturbing to some viewers.

Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.

Sex, Romance & Nudity

Sexual references (e.g., implying certain characters are sex workers), some revealing bodices.

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Swearing includes "bastard," "damn," and "hell," as well as some colorful pirate insults, like "strumpet," "scum," "cur," and "eunuch."

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Remember, this is one big ad for a Disneyland ride.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink rum, often to the point of inebriation. A scene takes place in a tavern, where many people are clearly drunk.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a swashbuckling pirate adventure based on the famous Disney ride that stars Johnny Depp , Keira Knightley , and Orlando Bloom . The movie is not especially graphic but does feature things like an undead pirate crew that may be disturbing to some kids. There are revealing bodices and mild sexual references (not explicit and showing no nudity or sexual situations). Swearing includes "bastard," "damn," and "hell," plus colorful pirate language. Characters drink rum and get tipsy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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Its amazing, what's the story.

In PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, Elizabeth Swann ( Keira Knightley ), daughter of a governor ( Jonathan Pryce ), is fascinated by pirates. On their voyage to Port Royal, Jamaica, from England, Elizabeth helped rescue a boy named Will Turner. While he was unconscious, she took his gold medallion. Now grown up, Elizabeth is still wearing the token and is loved both by Commodore Norrington ( Jack Davenport ) and Will ( Orlando Bloom ). When the dreaded pirates of the Black Pearl, led by Captain Barbossa ( Geoffrey Rush ), sack the town, Elizabeth offers them the medallion if they'll leave. They take it, and take her, too. Turner pursues in hopes of rescuing her, aided by the notorious Captain Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp ), with Norrington and his men right behind them. It turns out that the medallion is the last of the cursed pieces of gold that turned Barbossa and his crew into the walking dead, always hungry and thirsty but unable to eat or drink. By restoring the gold to its chest -- with the right person's blood -- the curse will be removed. There are advantages, though, in being a pirate who can't be killed.

Is It Any Good?

Just like the theme park ride that inspired it, this movie's greatest strengths are its atmosphere and art direction. The production design of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl skillfully incorporates elements of classic book illustrations with popular pirate themes and seems to get the essence of every detail right, from the curve of the sail to a pirate's pet monkey. The film's action sequences are energetic and entertaining. The script has some creepy twists and saucy lines to keep audiences well entertained.

The film also escapes the terrible pirate curse. Not the curse about pieces of gold that turn people into the walking undead, but the one about pirate movies, a genre better known for overacting and overblown budgets that empty movie studios' bank accounts faster than real-life pirates robbed their victims. Although this movie's origins as a Disneyland ride didn't seem promising, the film ends up being surprisingly enjoyable. There's enough swashbuckling, rope-swinging double-crossing (and colorful sidekicks) to keep you entertained, if that all sounds like fun.

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Does the film encourage you to find out more about pirate history? Where do they come from, and what form do pirates take today?

Although a work of fiction, the movie takes place in a historical context. What do you know about the history of the Caribbean, or about Jamaica?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : July 9, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming : December 2, 2003
  • Cast : Johnny Depp , Keira Knightley , Orlando Bloom
  • Director : Gore Verbinski
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors
  • Studio : Buena Vista
  • Genre : Action/Adventure
  • Topics : Magic and Fantasy , Adventures , Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires , Pirates
  • Run time : 135 minutes
  • MPAA rating : PG-13
  • MPAA explanation : action/adventure violence
  • Last updated : April 5, 2024

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"It's two different films," producer Jerry Bruckheimer tells EW, adding, "We hope to get 'em both made."

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When last we heard of Pirates of the Caribbean , the franchise seemed astray in wayward waters. Barbie and Harley Quinn herself Margot Robbie was going to make a new movie for the beloved Disney brand, but then she said in a 2022 interview that she didn't think the Mouse House wanted to make it anymore.

Perhaps, however, the franchise isn't as directionless as once thought. Jerry Bruckheimer , a longtime producer of the Pirates films, offers Entertainment Weekly a promising update on both Robbie's film and the separate reboot he's involved with.

"It's two different movies," Bruckheimer says. The first is the reboot he's planning to produce with his Young Woman and the Sea scribe Jeff Nathanson writing the script, and the second is the one from Robbie's camp that was penned by Christina Hodson from Birds of Prey . "We hope to get 'em both made, and I think Disney agrees they really want to make the Margot one, too," Bruckheimer says.

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Robbie told Vanity Fair in a November 2022 cover story of her treatment, "We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led — not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story — which we thought would've been really cool, but I guess they don't want to do it."

The last film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series was 2017's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales , which returned Johnny Depp for his fifth movie as rum-guzzling Captain Jack Sparrow alongside franchise favorites Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa), Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), and even Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann). Bruckheimer produced that installment, which was written by Nathanson and co-directed by Joachim Rønning. Bruckheimer would reunite with Nathanson and Rønning on Young Woman and the Sea (in theaters May 31).

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Now the longtime producer and Nathanson are deep into Pirates territory once again. "I think he's cracked it," Bruckheimer remarks. "He's got an amazing third act. We just gotta clean up the first and second and then we'll get there. But he wrote a great, great third act."

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He confirms this treatment is intended as a reboot and wouldn't follow familiar characters, but he voices his support for another appearance from Depp.

"It's a reboot, but if it was up to me, he would be in it," Bruckheimer says. "I love him. He's a good friend. He's an amazing artist and he's a unique look. He created Captain Jack. That was not on the page, that was him doing a little Pepé Le Pew and Keith Richards. That was his interpretation of Jack Sparrow."

The actor's future in the franchise didn't look so good in the midst of his past legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard , who accused him of domestic violence. He sued his ex for defamation over an op-ed she wrote about being an abuse survivor. A Virginia court ruled in 2022 that both actors defamed each other, but mostly sided with Depp . They ordered Heard to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages, and ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million. Depp has since signaled that he doesn't need Hollywood to continue his career.

Bruckheimer also confirms to EW that another National Treasure movie is still in development from Ted Elliott, who wrote the first Pirates movie. "These things take time," Bruckheimer explains. "Your writers sometime really need to dig in and sequester themselves. Ted is a phenomenal writer, but he's not the fastest. So we wait and wait and wait, but he's excellent. And you know what? It's worth the wait. When you have a great writer, it's gold. When you get something on the page, it looks so easy."

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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

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Time to head to port. Now.

With its “final adventure” tag, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales glows with a compelling enough reason to re-rendezvous with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, “ Alice Through the Looking Glass ”), omitting how it will reward attendance with hollowed-out booty. Though ridding the stifled scope and static action of “ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ” is truly a kindness, the film presents a new issue graver than juggling countless plots: A case of “whose story, and in turn, whose character is central anyway?”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales starts out clear enough with a young Henry Turner (Lewis McGowan, “Rillington Place” TV series) promising to free his father, Will (Orlando Bloom, “ The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ”), from the Flying Dutchman once he has obtained the curse-undoing Trident of Poseidon. While the boy searches for Sparrow (and grows into Brenton Thwaites, “ Gods of Egypt ”), per his father’s request, he recruits Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario, “ Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ”) — whose knowledge of star-reading and time-measuring got the small-minded howling “witch” a death sentence — to help in his Trident-related search. Disney seems to be pulling a “nouveau Will and Elizabeth” act with this duo, and under that guise only Carina passes since Scodelario exudes as much fire and charm as her predecessor (Keira Knightley). Thwaites, meanwhile, extends his track record as the weakest link of insert-project-name-here with another trapped-at-wisecracking performance that fails to clear his on-screen pirate’s ankle-high bar of expressiveness and chemistry-making.

As for the little bird that gave this franchise its billion-dollar aura, he is being hunted by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem, “ Skyfall ”), a ruthless pirate exterminator (highlighted by his other moniker, “El matador del mar”) who perished after being “guided” into one rocky trap by a youthful, yet-to-be-captain Jack (Anthony De La Torre, “Lords of Chaos”). This conflict, in most promos and markets outside U.S. (where the film is titled as “Salazar’s Revenge”), has the case and cogency to take center stage, but is bewilderingly treated as a subplot until wrap-up time. Even more baffling is screenwriter Jeff Nathanson’s decision to make Carina the film’s driving force rather than Henry for most of the film, making a second-introduced character rather than the story-starter the more investable person on-screen.

In an attempt to fuse mysticism into the proceedings further, there are also the government-controlled spell-caster Shansa (Golshifteh Farahani, “ Paterson ”), whose tattooed appearance is the sole memorable feature, and series’ regular Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, “ The Book Thief ”), whose presence is needed for a revelation that without distractions would have had more impact. Since there is already plenty of noise from the numerous fanciful ruckuses directing duo Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have concocted, Nathanson’s additional characters, emotions, beats and subsequent spectacles all turn up muffled.

And the thought of a scripting downsizing (Nathanson receives sole credit here) would equal to added awareness of the tale’s bearings and added salt to a tale’s worthiness.

There are some consolation prizes, thankfully, though not enough to offset the plot’s ample givings of coarse sand. With previous — and decidedly more enlightening — seafaring experience a la “Kon-Tiki,” Ronning and Sandberg revive the wonder of being on the big blue that the last installment drained. They turn out to be adept with shore-based set pieces as well, sprinkling delight onto a period version of the safe heist from “ Fast Five ” and a guillotine that struggles to hack Jack.

Speaking of Jack, though Depp’s performance shows no sign of phoning in, it loses a bit of spotlight to Bardem who chips a bit of palpable menace into Salazar, both alive and “dead” forms. As with the first three “Pirates” films, computer work is plenty and expected, though things feel fresh again here with Salazar’s incompletely rendered crew and partially decomposed pet sharks, the latter having a debut too fleeting to be satisfying and extraneous in retrospect.

In terms of farewells, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has the pomp of a tentpole production though the core gears that made it so are, regrettably, seen as circumstantial. But is it truly a goodbye when a post-credit scene suggests otherwise? All one should know about this installment is that it is a nightmare, one that can bleed into reality if the next “Pirates” downplays the idea of building a seaworthy story.

Or just be at anchor.

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May 26, 2017 @ 1:30 pm Chainsaw

The Pirates franchise has always been adventurous whimsy and Dead Men Tell No Tales is just more of that. Don’t expect more than that and you can’t go wrong.

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May 26, 2017 @ 1:44 pm Glimk

I don’t think I can make it thorugh another Jack Sparrow clown imitation.

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May 27, 2017 @ 1:03 am Meg

You can and you will. Disney insists.

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May 26, 2017 @ 2:07 pm portrait in photo

Thwaites and Scodelario are no Bloom and Knightly. Chemistry wasn’t there, nor could either of them stand on their own. It’s a crappy nd obvious attempt to youthify an aging product.

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May 26, 2017 @ 2:25 pm Cleveland

Pure trite.

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May 26, 2017 @ 2:58 pm Intendo

These Pirates movies are getting progressively worse. Sparrow no longer has his wily ways about him, the story has holes in it large enough to sink a ship, the dialogue is cringeworthy and Brenton Thwaites is awful. It is time to let the franchise rest with the fishes.

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May 26, 2017 @ 3:38 pm Eric

My order of good to bad

The Curse of the Black Pearl Dead Man’s Chest At World’s End Dead Men Tell No Tales On Stranger Tides

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May 26, 2017 @ 5:16 pm chilidog

I think the only thing anyone is trying to do at this point is get all they can out of a once fun character and Johnny Depp is riding it for all its worth.

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May 26, 2017 @ 5:48 pm Zomboid

I gave up on the series after #2.

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May 26, 2017 @ 9:50 pm Tony

This is a shell of its former self. Performances, writing– so blah.

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May 27, 2017 @ 11:46 am Internet-Expert

Sequels and superheroes. Sequels and superheroes. Enough already.

I’m so tired of the repetition.

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What Davy Jones From Pirates Of The Caribbean Looks Like In Real Life

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In 2003, Disney took a massive gamble by debuting a film based upon its fan favorite "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction. The film made waves at the box office, compelling the studio to commission two back-to-back sequels: "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End." Released in 2006 and 2007, respectively, the films brought Jack Sparrow face-to-face with his nemesis, Davy Jones, played by British actor Bill Nighy. There are things fans can expect in every "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, with one of the most prominent being creepy bad guys, and Nighy's performance sets the benchmark for future villains. While the two sequels weren't as well received as the original, audiences and critics were gobsmacked by Jones' design and the effort that went into creating the terrifying antagonist.

Based on the mythical tale of Davy Jones' locker, Nighy's villain has a face that looks like an octopus, with dozens of tentacles populating the lower half of his head. It's a ghastly look, one that was praised by critics when the character first debuted. "It's a triumph of special effects that this cephalopod creation is both unnervingly freakish, yet unmistakably Bill Nighy," wrote The Guardian's Steve Rose in 2006.

Bringing the villain to life was no small task, as Nighy performed on set in a motion capture suit. Then, VFX company Industrial Light & Magic did its job, using computer-generated effects to bring the villain to life. To help make Jones' appearance feel truly authentic, ILM created a new suit to effortlessly capture Nighy's performance, which they didn't want to be overshadowed by the character's effects.

Bill Nighy is an accomplished English actor

Bill Nighy did everything he could to bring the "Pirates of the Caribbean" villain to life, including creating a specific Davy Jones accent , but he was initially surprised to learn that playing the character would require motion capture. "Then, when I got there I didn't realize I wouldn't have a costume like everybody else," he told Vanity Fair . "It turned out I had to wear computer pajamas with white baubles all over them and a skull cap with a bauble on the top, and 250 dots painted out on my face and sneakers... with a bauble on top!"

It must have been jarring for Nighy to step into the world of CGI, as he's a classically trained actor who has starred in a number of iconic and memorable projects over the decades. In addition to his role in the "Pirates" franchise, audiences likely remember the British actor from "Love Actually" and Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's "The Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy. After his debut as Davy Jones, Nighy continued to double-down on appearing in large-scale, blockbuster fare, lending his talents to pictures like Tom Cruise's "Valkyrie" and "Pokémon Detective Pikachu."

In 2010, after he was seemingly done with the "Pirates" franchise, the actor joined "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1" as  Ministry of Magic exec Rufus Scrimgeour. Years later, Davy Jones would return to "Pirates of the Caribbean,"  and even though Nighy didn't know he was in the pic (the Jones' cameo was fully CG-rendered), he expressed interest in returning to the franchise for at least one more installment.

Johnny Depp Will Return as Jack Sparrow if Pirates of the Caribbean Producer Gets His Way

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer reveals that he has had talks with Johnny Depp about returning for more Pirates of the Caribbean adventures.

  • Producer Jerry Bruckheimer wants Johnny Depp back as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
  • Legal issues have affected Depp's career, but he may return to Disney depending on the project.
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is now getting a reboot.

Johnny Depp will return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as Jack Sparrow if legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer gets his way . Speaking with Entertainment Tonight , Bruckheimer, who is best-known for his role in such iconic franchises as Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, Bad Boys, and National Treasure , revealed that he has even had talks with Depp about a comeback and described the actor as a “good friend.”

“If it was up to me, of course. I love having Depp... He's a great actor and good friend... I've certainly spoken to him, but we'll see what happens.”

Depp’s career has infamously taken a back-step in recent years due to legal issues stemming from his marriage to actress and Aquaman star Amber Heard. These included a libel lawsuit in the United Kingdom filed by Depp against newspaper The Sun, which Depp lost, and a defamation lawsuit that Depp filed against Heard, which the actor won.

After saying he would never return to the Disney franchise, Depp has since said he would consider working with The House of Mouse again depending on the project. “Anything is possible. If it’s the right project, he’ll do it,” said an insider about Depp’s potential return .

The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise Is Getting a Reboot

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While audiences may not see Depp back as Jack Sparrow just yet, they will soon see more from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Earlier this year, while commenting on the state of some of his most well-known franchises, Bruckheimer confirmed the long-running rumors that the Pirates series is getting a reboot ...

"It's hard to tell. You don't know, you really don't know. You don't know how they come together. You just don't know. Because with Top Gun you have an actor who is iconic and brilliant. And how many movies he does before he does Top Gun, I can't tell you. But we're gonna reboot Pirates, so that is easier to put together because you don't have to wait for certain actors."

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The last we saw of Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was in 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales , which introduced Brenton Thwaites as the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, Henry, alongside Javier Bardem as the villainous Captain Armando Salazar. Met with largely negative reviews from critics ( Dead Men Tell No Tales sits at a ‘rotten’ 30% on Rotten Tomatoes), the studio has decided to take the franchise in an entirely new direction .

Various ideas for how to continue the series have since been pitched, including a new tale with Barbie star Margot Robbie in the lead . However, further reports have suggested that the reboot mentioned here by Bruckheimer will be something separate.

So, it's looking like there is still a lot to plunder from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Would you like to see Johnny Depp back as Jack Sparrow ? Or do you think it's time for the franchise to set sail towards something new?

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean' Producer Would Bring Johnny Depp Back in New Reboot ‘If It Were Up to Me,' Thinks Disney Still ‘Really Wants to Make' Margot Robbie's ‘Pirates' Movie

"Pirates of the Caribbean" producer Jerry Bruckheimer has provided more clarity on the current state of the Disney adventure franchise. He already teased in March that a total reboot was going to be the first "Pirates" movie out of the gate in the future because "it's easier to put together because you don't have to wait for certain actors." This reboot is now confirmed to be written by Jeff Nathanson. Bruckheimer announced the news in an interview with Entertainment Weekly .

Nathanson wrote the screenplay for the last "Pirates" movie, 2017's "Dead Men Tell No Tales," which was directed by Joachim Rønning. Both men, as well as Bruckheimer, have reunited on the new Disney biographical drama "Young Woman and the Sea."

"I think he's cracked it," Bruckheimer said of Nathanson's script for the "Pirates" reboot. "He's got an amazing third act. We just gotta clean up the first and second and then we'll get there. But he wrote a great, great third act."

Bruckheimer again confirmed the plan is to reboot "Pirates," which means the next movie wouldn't follow familiar characters from the franchise. That would seemingly rule out an appearance by Johnny Depp, whose leading role as Jack Sparrow powered the first five "Pirates" movies to $4.5 billion worldwide. Depp's future as Jack Sparrow has remained a question mark as he remains shut out of Hollywood following legal troubles and his 2022 libel trial against Amber Heard. However, Bruckheimer personally wants him back.

"It's a reboot, but if it was up to me, he would be in it," Bruckheimer said. "I love him. He's a good friend. He's an amazing artist and he's a unique look. He created Captain Jack. That was not on the page, that was him doing a little Pepé Le Pew and Keith Richards. That was his interpretation of Jack Sparrow."

Variety  reported in summer 2020 that Disney was in early development on two "Pirates" movies: A reboot led by Margot Robbie and a sixth film in the original franchise written by Craig Mazin and Ted Elliott, the latter of whom co-wrote the first four "Pirates" movies.

Mazin  told the Los Angeles Times  last year the script for "Pirates of the Caribbean 6″ is so weird he is surprised Disney signed off on it, adding: "We pitched it and thought there's no way they're buying it, it's too weird. And they did! And then [we] wrote a fantastic script and the strike happened and everyone's waiting around."

Whether or not Nathanson's reboot script is a new draft of Mazin's or an entirely new screenplay remains to be seen. Margot Robbie told  Vanity Fair  in November 2022 that Disney was not interested in her "more of a female-led" movie, but Bruckheimer told Entertainment Weekly that he thinks there is still a future for both "Pirates" movies to exist.

"It's two different movies," Bruckheimer said about the future. "We hope to get 'em both made, and I think Disney agrees they really want to make the Margot one, too."

Each of the five "Pirates" films grossed more than $650 million worldwide, with 2006's "Dead Man's Chest" and 2011's "On Stranger Tides" both topping the $1 billion mark.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Producer Shares New Update on Johnny Depp's Possible Return

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer reveals where things currently stand with potentially bringing back Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

While there remains uncertainty over whether Johnny Depp will ever return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, not all hope is lost for fans wanting to see it happen. A new update shared by producer Jerry Bruckheimer on the possibility could be seen as promising.

Over the course of five films, Depp famously played the role of Captain Jack Sparrow , a character who very well could be pop culture's most beloved pirate. Following allegations of domestic violence made by ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp stated that Disney canceled a planned sixth installment as a result. Depp's defamation trial victory over Heard gave him vindication in the eyes of many, igniting a fan demand for Disney to bring back the actor for another film. In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight , Bruckheimer confirmed his desire to get Depp back on board, revealing that they've even had conversations about it.

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" If it was up to me, of course . I love having Depp," Bruckheimer said. "He's a great actor and good friend... I've certainly spoken to him, but we'll see what happens ."

"I've certainly spoken to him, but we'll see what happens."

While Bruckheimer noted that the decision is not up to him, he didn't specify who exactly this decision is up to. It's possible that Disney wants to continue maintaining some distance from Depp because of the trial, despite its outcome. It's also been reported that the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie is being treated as a complete reboot , so it could be due to creative reasons. However, another possibility is that Depp feels leery about revisiting the role, as he'd testified in court how he felt "betrayed" over the firing.

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"Hurt. Blinding hurt. It was like somebody hit me in the back of the head with a 2x4," Depp said on the stand during his defamation trial, referring to Disney nixing Pirates 6 . "Captain Jack Sparrow was a character I built from the ground up and was something that I, of course, put a lot of [myself] into the character and also having worked on these films with these people and added much of myself, much of my own re-writing of the dialogue and scenes and jokes. I didn't quite understand how, after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent."

Johnny Depp Felt Betrayed By Losing Jack Sparrow Role

The actor added, "There was a very deep and distinct feeling of having been betrayed by the people that I had been working with, the people I had worked hard for, people I had delivered a character to that they initially despised."

The planned sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film, which doesn't have an official release date at this time, is rumored to feature names like Ayo Edebiri and Austin Butler , though no casting announcements have been officially made.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

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