News from San Diego is that stories about pirates aren't completely dead yet and the bean counters at Disney feel they can still squeeze a few more bucks out of them.
At Comi-con Producer Oren Aviv tells a bunch of geeks that Disney will be gearing up for a fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film with perhaps one or two more after that. Principal photography should start some time in April and May of 2010, with a scheduled Summer 2011 release date.
The announcement that a fourth Pirates film came in September of last year for industry honchos and media. This is the first time we've heard of any schedule, though.
Aviv says that the budget on this next film will be substantially less than the previous Pirates flick.
"The movies have subsequently gotten bigger and bigger and very complicated and they were satisfying on so many levels obviously, but I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters."
Every time a studio talks about getting down to the core elements of a sequel they end up screwing it up. And then to float the word "reboot" into the conversation doesnt give me a lot of hope for good old Captain Jack Sparrow and the gang.
Still I have to agree with some of my colleagues that the first film in the series was actually very good Summer entertainment. The second and third films were a waste of money, so if they scale things back to just the core elements (which I sincerely hope includes the script) its possible that this reboot might bring new life to the franchise.
Looks like 2011 is going to be a blockbuster Summer.