New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4′ Featurette Visits The Past

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Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides featurette New Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Featurette Visits The Past

Remember a time when Pirates of the Caribbean referred solely to a New Orleans Square attraction at Disney’s theme parks? Jump forward to 2011, which will see the release of  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – a fourth movie based off the ride – and chances are good it won’t be the last installment in the franchise.

A new featurette for Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has been released, and it very briefly summarizes the history and evolution of the Pirates concept – going so far as to include archived footage of Walt Disney showing off miniatures that provided the blueprint for the original ride.

For those who need their memory refreshed, here’s the official synopsis for On Stranger Tides:

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope 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 (Ian 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.

For more, check out the second TV spot – which amounts to a truncated version of the second theatrical trailer – for On Stranger Tides (via below:

Now check out the behind-the-scenes featurette for On Stranger Tides – as hosted by Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush in character as his scraggly sea-faring counterpart, Hector Barbossa:

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer plans for all future Pirates movies to follow On Stranger Tides‘ example and be stand-alone ventures featuring Captain Jack Sparrow. Before that, though, the fourth film in the series has to demonstrate that Depp’s rascally buccaneer really works as the central character around which the main storyline – and all the related subplots – of the movie revolves.

While that was in part the case with the first film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, it was less so with the sequel Dead Man’s Chest. By the time the threequel, At World’s End, arrived, Captain Jack didn’t even show up until around the forty-minute mark or so. The success of this franchise is due to Depp’s take on the character, no one denies that – and yet the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have only really been partly the story of Jack Sparrow, up to now.

We’ll see how Captain Jack handles the spotlight by himself in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which arrives in the 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D format next month on May 20th.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures

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  1. OK, that behind-the-scenes featurette was kinda lame.
    I don’t really think this will end up being any better than the previous two. Love Jack Sparrow, but I’m just not feeling it with these trailers.

  2. This movie’s gonna rock!!! I love me some pirates, and I can’t wait for May 20!!!

  3. gah, give it up. pirates are over…they lost it when 2 and 3 were 100% garbage. plus i keep waiting to see the black pearl in these trailer and keep missing it. whats up with that? also, this film is based off a book because the writers are not creative enough to come up with an original story. blah boo pirates 4 wont spent the money.

    • Well somebody’s grumpy… and lot’s of movies are based on books

      • In fact, some great movies were based on books. See Lord of the Rings for example.

          • My point was there are lots of movies that are inspired by books that aren’t the same thing. Just because it’s not an “original idea” doesn’t mean it’s not going to be good.

  4. I hope this turns out great. I would really love to see this series continue. I think that Sparrow can carry the movie if he has a strong cast of supporting characters. I fear what they might do to Barbossa. I’ve always thought that Sparrow and Barbossa were great foils for each other.

  5. I am so excited for this movie, been waiting a long time for the fourth installment of my favorite pirate, Capt Jack Sparrow….. hurry hurry hurry…..

  6. They really need to stop with this franchise. I mean how many are they going to make? I can just see it now. Pirates of the Carribbean 12: Captain Black Sparrow Jr Chases Black Pearl. Lol I hope this is the last one

    • Thanks you! :)

      • thank*

    • As long as they make money than why not? What’s it hurting to make more?

      If you don’t like the Pirates movies than why do you even care?

  7. Forget Blackbeard. He was only feared because of his appearence. He was tall and hairy. He was the puppy dog of the seas. He olnly controlled ships with the crews’ permission and there is no known record of him ever killing or even harming those he captured. Its all about Black Bart(John Roberts/Bartholomew Roberts)aka the most successful pirate in history who captured 470 ships which is alot better that beard’s measley 27 ships. Black Bart didnt even want to be a pirate, held sunday services on his ship, never drank, and even created a government for his crew promising them all equal shares of loot, justice of injustices between shipmates, and fair treatment. The only reason he was killed and his crew captured is because his crew got drunk, thus rendering them unprepared for battle when the royal navy attacked them.