Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides Out 2011
At Disney's D23 Fan Expo in Anaheim, California today, Walt Disney announced that the fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, will feature Johnny Depp, Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, and Tim Burton and will storm theaters summer of 2011.
Johnny Depp, who made a surprise appearance in gliding replica of the Black Pearl pirate ship, will reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. The fourth film is expected to follow sparrow's adventure to find the Foutain of Youth, which was a treasure revealed at the conclusion of the third film.
"I'm looking for a talking Frog," Depp mumbled to the crowd of 5,000 or so fans assembled for the expo. "I like frogs."
While some people are wondering what "On Stranger Tides" means, a pirate novel with the same title has been noticed, though it remains unknown as to whether the novel is related to the upcoming film. Here is the synopsis of the novel:
Puppeteer John Chandagnac, bound for Jamaica to recover stolen money from his uncle, becomes Jack Shandy after pirates attack his ship and force him to join their crew. Shandy’s struggle to accept his new life grounds the story for readers, even as Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. The chaotic sea battles sing, though at times key events happen so quickly that they get lost in the shuffle as Jack tries to comprehend where he’s going and what’s at stake.
Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has pulled in more than $1 billion in domestic box office. Disney has previously said that their plan is for Pirates 4 to “hopefully be the first of another trilogy,” meaning that it would be shot by itself instead of back-to-back like the previous Pirates sequels. It still remains unknown as to who the director will be. The shooting will begin around spring 2010.