One of the screenwriters of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Terry Rossio apparently took some time to post a message to debunk the madness that is the rumors swirling around the upcoming 4th Pirates of the Caribbean installment.

These rumors included a $56 million dollar contract for Depp, Tim Burton as director and even Sacha Baron Cohen or Russel Brand (from Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as Captain Jack’s brother.

“For the record, none of the recent Pirates 4 rumors have any truth, including the so-called record 50 million dollar payday for Depp.”

“Some pretty funny stuff, though. Sacha Cohen? Tim Burton? Studios are way too protective of their franchises for that sort of thing. “

Thanks Terry!

The only confirmations we do have are that Depp will star and that the movie will center around his character. As for the rumors, I wouldn’t mind seeing either Brand or Cohen play the brother – they’re both really funny in my opinion and Brand even looks like he’s from that world normally.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is due out some time in 2012.

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