Official ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ 4 Plot Details Emerge

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:11 pm,

The first set photos from Disney’s blockbuster sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides showed up online last week as filming on the big-budget project began in Hawaii.

Now the Mouse House has sent out an official press release for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean adventure, which features – among other things – some basic information concerning the plot of the film.

We’ve long known that On Stranger Tides will share certain plot elements with a novel of the same title – namely, that it would revolve around a quest to find the Fountain of Youth.  The question since then has been exactly how new characters such as Ian McShane’s Blackbeard or Penelope Cruz’s “feisty” femme character would fit into the latest hair-brained venture undertaken by our favorite loopy buccaneer, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

Well, here’s the official word on the film’s story, via Walt Disney Studios:

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise — this time in Disney Digital 3D(TM).  In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love — or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth.

When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

Jack Sparrow Official Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Plot Details Emerge

Franchise players Kevin R. McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) and the malevolent Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) will return in On Stranger Tides as well.  Director Gore Verbinski has been replaced by Rob Marshall (Chicago) – however, the POTC trilogy screenwriting duo of Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio are back for the fourth movie.

If there’s any one word that can sum up the POTC films it is this: excessive.  The original 2003 flick (Curse of the Black Pearl) was fun, if overlong and crammed full with CGI effects and expensive set pieces going “boom!”  Both Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End were simply overloaded with characters, subplots, action sequences, and had even more butt-numbingly long running times. Ironically enough, the first film now seems almost low-key in comparison.

Will On Stranger Tides tone everything down a bit and favor quality over quantity?  Is anyone still really pumped for another Pirates of the Caribbean flick?  Feel free to let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides arrives in regular and 3D theaters in the U.S. on May 20th, 2011.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures (via Coming Soon)

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  1. With Will & Elizabeth gone it should be good story wise & have less story chaos going on it might be good

    • I think you are wrong b/c Will and Elizabeth made the movie worth watching. They’re the main characters just like Jack is. :)

    • I think you are wrong b/c Will and Elizabeth make the movies worth watching!!! THey are the main characters just like Jack Sparrow is. :)

    • too much romance for ya? :P

  2. i would love the forth installment the be done just focus on jack sparrow because he is the only character that kept the movie vibe and brings a lot of fun into potc so with the forth is focusing on his journey to the fountain of youth i confident that this movie will raise the bars.

  3. I think you mean 2011, not ’10 :)

    And yes, I as still pumped for another go with Capt Jack.

    • Yes, yes I did.
      Thanks for catching that, RyanV. :)

  4. I’ve always liked the “organized chaos” of the POTC series. I LOVE the half a billion subplots, the hectic pace, and the long runtimes. lol. I think its a sign of a VERY well written, acted, and directed film when all of these typically negative ingredients STILL make for a good film. I’m well aware that most will disagree that these characteristics were actually positives for the films, but to each is own i guess. OH right…to definitively answer your question. YES, DEFINATELY looking forward to a sequel. lol.

  5. definitely* lol. damnit!

  6. it loses will turner but gains penelope cruz… ah well you win some you lose some =/
    i hope Mckenzie Crook’s character comes back, he was awesome (it’s either pintel or raghetti, i can never remember)

    • McShane is a badass anyway, perfect fit for the role

  7. The whole ship needs to sink! it’s getting old. Thou Depp IS an AWSOME actor.

  8. While I can understand why some people wouldn’t, I loved the two previous sequels, can’t wait for this one. And while a sequel solely all about Jack is massively appealing, I can’t help but feel that Orlando Bloom’s and Keira Knightly’s character were left in a screwed and, in my mind, unresolved situation; he is effectively immortal now, but can only see her once every 10 years, so he’ll see her like 5-7 more time before she dies, and will be, well, old for half of those visits. You would think with this whole fountain of youth storyline, that a dose of that youth water for the character of Elizabeth would solve the rest of their problems and resolve their story arc, cause then Elizabeth woul also be immortal and only seeing eachother once every ten years wouldn’t be a problem anymore… I don’t know, it just feels like they’re missing the obvious with this one, but I’ll be content enought just getting some more Cap. Jack.

    • Perhaps Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly will have a cameo in the movie. At the end, say when and if Jack finds the fountain of youth he goes and helps out Mrs Turner stay young.

    • You should note that keira knightly and orlando bloom did not want to do another pirates of the Caribbean movie. Knightly’s reason for refusing was she was only known for Elizabeth Swan, no info on Bloom’s reason for not returning.

  9. captain jack sparrow is back and hes on a new adventure with cruz no less. I liked all of the POTC movies yet they were long and cramed but i have hope for this fourquel and im hoping that this is the best one. And if this is captain jacks last adventure make it a great one

  10. “Disney Digital 3D” that’s the worst kind…

    • How is Disney Digital 3D the worst kind?, I’m sorry but i disagree with you on that!.

  11. Actually, like with any myth, there are multiple and numerous different versions of the fountain of youth, how it works and what it does. Also, they could decide to come up with their own version of the mythos for the story, as many books and movies (such as The Fountain) have done before, and which they are almost certainly going to do for this movie. So to say that the use of the Fountain of Youth must only work this one way is rather shortsighted and unimaginative. And even if they went with the VERSION where it just makes you younger, you could have a character, you know, live by the fountain and drink some every 10 years to therefore effectively stay young forever. Thus, my previous point/opinion and observation still stands

  12. I’m glad that Bloom and Knightly’s characters are being left out of this movie. IF they can capture the magic that made the first movie so damn enjoyable, they will have a great movie on their hands. Capt. Jack is the best character in the series, so making the focus of the movie on him can only be good. Barbossa is the 2nd best character in the series, so it is good to see him back. I’m actually looking forward to this movie and after the last one, that is somewhat surprising.

  13. i’m sure disney and folks will make pirates 4 awesome. it’ll give the franchise a chance to concentrate on jack, the real star of the film. this is one of the few upcoming 3d movies that’ll be a real treat. one word.. DISNEY.

    • I Agree with you on that entirely!!!.

  14. Two words. SEEING IT!

  15. I agree with the publisher….

    This is unnecessary! They are sucking on the tits of this franchise even after they’ve dried out.

    The studios announced that after a bunch of battle scenes with thousands of pirates from Japan, to France, to Mexico, storming massive fortresses with massive people and massive explosions with massive sea monsters, the relationship between William and Elizabeth never got anywhere. I hate movies that never get anywhere. Now they are telling us that Jack Sparrow is going to strap on the boots of William Turner, and Penelope Cruz is going to fill in for Elizabeth’s character, just so they can tell us the same story that essentially doesn’t get anywhere?

    They need to go back to the central core of the characters, and tell us a story that we actually give a dam about, (with a beginning, middle, and an end) that doesn’t need pictures or music to lean on as a crutch due to the story being so rich with meaning and purpose.

    • Disagree with you there, seriously the only thing you can do with a couple like Will/Liz, or the Twiliters, or most movie couples is get them together at the end, which AWE did with a twist. So it went somewhere. And having introduced a “timeless” good-hearted rogue like Sparrow, no point in not making another movie that is starting fresh just because people are scared of “sequelitis” – that would be throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Disney is doing everything right from starting a new story to bringing in an A-list cast, and keeping characters we love like Barbossa and Gibbs. I think this will be THE summer blockbuster of 2011 – Ian McShane as Blackbeard? Depp as Sparrow? What’s not to love?

  16. The Curse of the Black Pearl was a great film. The sequels were not great, but I thoroughly enjoyed them nonetheless. I have high hopes that On Stranger Tides will return to the quality of the original, even if it does mean it won’t be crammed full of characters and special effects like the first two sequels were.

    Davy Jones was a highlight of the series for me.

  17. I for one have no problem whatsoever with another go-round with good ol’ Cap’n Jack Sparrow. The Pirates movies are fun and entertaining, great popcorn flicks for the summer.

    • Yes, thats right!. That was perfectly put, what you said!.

  18. Well said polar sweety:)

  19. I am looking foward to another one but I am really disappointed about losing Will and Elizabeth they are my favorites!, AND i love the crazy over the top long movies!!!

  20. I personally will miss Will and Elizabeth.. They were just as important as Jack but…. I’m still excited for another POTC! They are simply great movies! Fabulous! Exciting! And Jack Sparrow is quite entertaining!

  21. I am glad that they are focusing on Capt. Jack Sparrow. Can’t wait for this movie. I’m glad they left Knightly’s character out of this movie, I thought her role in the second one was sort of dumb. All we really want to see is Capt. Jack Sparrow. He is the true star. Awesome, the best actor. Also love Barbossa, he is a great actor as well, as long as he doesn’t upstage Johnny Depp and as long as Capt. Jack Sparrow is the the winner of any victory to be held. Only one question. If this is to be the last one, what the heck will we do when we want more???!

  22. This is going to be a great movie just like the others.

  23. I am so pumped for the latest POTC! It sounds like another great addition.

  24. SO psyched for this movie. I love the whole series. I dont care how long this is, I was fine with the length of the movie, and will continue to be as long as this movie delivers awesome.

  25. I really like the POTC movies, they’re life.
    Ya, I’ll miss Will and Elizabeth but Jack Sparrow is still amazing!
    Can’t wait for the movie, but really, why are you waiting this long to release it ?!?!