Depp holding off on fifth Pirates
Johnny Depp has been talking about a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, an film that is more than just an idea as Disney already has a script from one of the writers of the franchise to date and apparently they are keen to keep moving on it.
Not only do they have a script but producer Jerry Bruckheimer is ready to make the fifth film and if "sources" are anything to go by Rob Marshall has already been approached to direct. So where is Depp in all of this? Well the interesting thing is he doesn't appear so keen.
Or rather he's not keen to race into it.
"It's not something where I would say, 'Let's shoot it next month to get it out by Christmas 2012...We should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they are special to me."
That's what he said to The Hollywood Reporter in an interview, and while he's saying it's all about the script and the director, it looks like he believes the franchise needs a rest.
I wonder though, is the point where the rest was needed passed us by? I believe that the fourth film is taking quite a leap by dropping out a major relationship triangle and losing two characters whom fans of the franchise and the story were heavily invested in - Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann.
They aren't returning to the series and the choice seems to be their own. They decided that it was time to end it for them, and I wonder if perhaps everyone else involved should have taken a leaf out of their book.
I'm not saying that they should have abandoned the franchise and moved on, but they should have had an extended break and really tried to return in some way with Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, of course if that just wasn't possible then perhaps just a break was needed to keep them feeling special.
Let's put things in perspective, I haven't seen Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and I'm judging this on trailers and how I feel about the franchise, and right now I'm feeling like Johnny Depp, or rather I was feeling like that before the fourth film.
Have we had long enough before the fifth? Will it be as special as the rest, and is Depp reacting to the fifth or being proactive for the sixth? Has he gone on just one film too many with Jack Sparrow?
I think though, he'll be the only one holding up a sixth film. Disney seem to be on the ball and The Hollywood Reporter are saying that they have sources who say they have already approached the new Pirates director Rob Marshall to return after Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Jerry Bruckheimer wants it, and Terry Rossio has written the script for it, albeit without his usual franchise writing partner of Ted Elliot.
Will Depp hold up the sixth, and could that be a good thing for fans and the franchise?