If you’re wondering what’s up with the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, or the big-screen Lone Ranger movie, then you’ve come to the right place! Jerry Bruckheimer (producer of the Pirates movies) recently spoke with Coming Soon about the two Disney movies, updating us on the status of both of them.
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
Bruckheimer has said straight away that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is the priority for Disney:
“It’s a great franchise for them and for us, too… A beloved character and Johnny’s really excited about coming back to Captain Jack. He certainly is interested in Tonto, but Disney’s priority is to get ‘Pirates’ made first. You never know what’s going to happen, but they would like it.”
Bruckheimer went on to say that the original Pirates writer, Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot, are currently writing the fourth installment, that it was, “funny,” and a, “whole new way of going.” However, he predictably didn’t give up anymore details about the nature of the movie beyond that.
When asked about Gore Verbinski’s possible return to the Pirates franchise (he directed the first three), even though we already know he has moved on Bruckheimer said “You never know [if Verbinski will come back]… He created the [Pirates] franchise so we’d love to have him back, but it’s kind of up to him.”
The only way I would ever want to see another Pirates of the Caribbean movie is if they ditch the romance storyline between Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley’s characters (Knightly has previously stated she won’t be returning to the franchise), and concentrate on Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp has previously been confirmed to return to play him) and Captain Barbossa. To me they were always the two most interesting characters of the whole Pirates franchise, and about the only thing I liked about both the second and third movies.
The Lone Ranger
It was announced early last year that Jerry Bruckheimer would be bringing us a new, big-screen version of the classic radio and TV series, The Lone Ranger. The only absolutely solid confirmation we’ve had about the project (apart from the fact that it’s getting made, of course) is that Johnny Depp will play Tonto, The Lone Ranger’s assistant (for lack of a better term). It was reported last month that Mike Newell (who’s directing Bruckheimer’s produced Prince of Persia movie) might be the film’s director, but that has not been confirmed.
However, in practically denying those earlier rumors that Newell would be The Lone Ranger’s director, Bruckheimer had this to say:
“They’re [Disney] going to wait until they got a director and [they] say[s] to go make the movie… We don’t have a director yet. He’s [Newell] too busy on ‘Prince of Persia’ right now.”
So even if it’s not a complete denial, since after Prince of Persia is done with, Newell might be able to jump ship to The Lone Ranger. But if Bruckheimer wants to get going anytime soon with the Lone Ranger project, he may have to count Newell out. I personally am more interested in who will play The Lone Ranger, leading Depp of all people (I still don’t see why Depp is playing Tonto and not the Ranger), but unfortunately there’s still no details on possible casting for the lead.
I am very interested to see what Bruckheimer (and whoever he gets as the director) will do with a new Lone Ranger project. My interest is mainly because of Depp’s involvement, however, as he rarely lets me down. The curiosity of seeing Depp as Tonto instead of The Lone Ranger is also very high, too.
What would you like to see as the story for Pirates 4? And who would you like to see play The Lone Ranger?