Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides trailer

The trailer for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie has launched. The film, On Stranger Tides, is loosely based on the Tim Powers novel of the same name (transplanted into the PotC universe, obviously), which is encouraging, and it jettisons the franchise's dead wood of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in favour of focusing on Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush, not to mention franchise newcomer Penelope Cruz. The film is also a back-to-basics stand-alone, all of which is good news.

What sells it, though, is Ian McShane (Lovejoy for British viewers, Al Swearengen for American ones) playing Blackbeard, whose ship is armed with dual flamethrowers. Nice.

Slightly more worrying: Pirates 5 and 6 are apparently already in the planning and will again be one big epic story split in two for length. To be honest, I think we can live without that (again). Episodic adventures starring Jack Sparrow every few years is fine.

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