‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Opening Scene Revealed

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 7:46 am,

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Ahoy, mateys! Fans pillaging and plundering for information on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides are in luck- a detailed description of the film’s opening scene has made its way online.

We’ve know for quite some time that the fourth entry in Disney’s park ride turned film franchise would involve everyone’s favorite scallywag Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) racing against his old foe Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to track down the legendary Fountain of Youth.

Aside from the competing Captains and some of the Black Pearl’s crew, Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is attempting to reinvigorate the series by ditching other familiar faces in favor of brand new characters like the sinister Black Beard (Ian McShane) and his daughter Angelica (Penelope Cruz).

With Rob Marshall (Chicago) inheriting the director’s chair vacated by Gore Verbinski, word has it that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 will be more streamlined, and focused, than the previous two installments. For those of you not content with set pics or press releases, here’s a blow-by-blow of the film’s opening moments courtesy of the folks at What’s Playing:


Film opens at night. Spanish fisherman spots something in the water. A Shape. He fishes out what he soon discovers is the body of an ancient sailor. The boat’s captain rushes over for a look – - before he can make his assessment, the thought-dead sailor’s eyes open. Sailor grabs Captain’s arm… fade out. The Captain and his aide then arrive at the regal residents of King Ferdinand, with said body, who inform the royal that the not-so-dead sailor claims to have sailed on a vessel belonging to the ship of Ponce de Leon, who died 200 years ago. Ferdinand’s first thought is that the sailor has found the legendary Fountain of Youth. He orders ‘The Spaniard’ to hit the seas in search of it.

I have to be honest- despite how much I loathed the second and third movies, I’m really rooting for Pirates of the Caribbean 4. I still adore the original film and have always felt the franchise would be better served by stand alone stories rather than an intertwining mythology.

I remain hopeful that the filmmakers have indeed listened to the criticisms leveled against the previous sequels and have taken steps to ensure the same mistakes don’t happen again. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was a solid film brimming with franchise potential and all of that goodwill was squandered by the all-too-frequent misconception that bigger = better.

Most of all, I just really love the Jack Sparrow character. By the end of the last film I felt like he may have started to wear out his welcome – but I think that was simply a case of overexposure and the sequels being released only a year apart. Whenever I revisit the original film Sparrow still has me smiling ear to ear. Even when he’s trapped in murky storylines and forced to regurgitate exposition, he’s still ridiculously fun to watch.

We’ll get our first look at the film in December since the teaser trailer is reportedly attached to Tron Legacy.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sails into theaters on May 20th, 2011.

Source: What’s Playing.

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  1. OMG I CANT WAIT !!! :D johnny depp is the best EVER!!!! lol im dressing up as a pirate for halloween thats how much i love ittt weee

    • WOW. How excited are you!!! lol

      • Double Rainbow excited…

  2. Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!! This Opens the same day as Thor :(

    • That would be interesting, but Thor actually comes out on May 6th.

      Studios are generally smart enough not to compete blockbusters…This is especially true when the 2 blockbusters are being released by the same studio.

  3. I have to honestly say, that i’m 100% percent excited about seeing this movie and everything, but when the teaser trailer comes out in December, possibly on the 17th of December when Tron Legacy comes out to theaters, and then the theatrical trailer coming out in March 2011, those two times when both those movie trailers come out, that’ll be the time when “Hopefully” most people will see those trailers whether if they’ve seen the first three movies or not, and depending on how many people see those trailers, and and how many have seen the first three movies, WILL effect how well Pirates 4 does in the Box Office nation and world wide, and will determine “IF” there will be “Hopefully” be a Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and if they make Pirates of the Caribbean 5, my best guess on when it’ll be released to theaters is either in 2013, 2014 or 2015, no further out in time then that! ;) .

    • duuuuudde.

      Take a breath.

      • Haha, I knew someone would say that!. No that was all i had to say at that one time!. If you read there what i said before there, you’ll understand why i said all of that! ;) .

  4. Have to admit that I’m looking forward to watching this. Hopefully it won’t be as over the top as POTC 3.

  5. i loved all the movies, the first one was the best, then second then third, but i still really much enjoyed them. really looking forward to this!! :)

  6. Keep in mind that this was released in June and that this entire gig will be in the IMAX format which will make it in a market all its own:

    LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — IMAX Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios today announced a new agreement to release Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, slated for release on May 20, 2011. the 3D pictures to IMAX(R) theatres in 2011.

    The expanded partnership between IMAX and Disney will bring some of the Studio’s most highly anticipated theatrical releases in 2011 to IMAX venues around the world. Each title will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R).

    Commenting on the announcement, Chuck Viane, president of distribution, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures said, “The incredible performance of our IMAX releases in 2009 and 2010 demonstrated that the combination of IMAX and Disney resonates with moviegoers worldwide. We’re very much looking forward to continuing this great partnership through 2011 with an incredible slate of exciting films. The IMAX Experience adds another level of impact and excitement to a movie, and with these new films, made by some of the industry’s most innovative filmmakers, audiences are in for are real treat.”

    “Our long-standing partnership with The Walt Disney Studios has resulted in extraordinary movie experiences for audiences, and we’re very excited to add these upcoming Disney films to our slate for 2011,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “The growing network of digital IMAX locations continues to enable our studio partners to increase the number of films they release in IMAX, ensuring moviegoers have more opportunities to experience the films they want to see in the best possible way.”

  7. I actually enjoyed the second one Pirates, not nearly as much as the first, but it was still fun. The third is where it really started to suck. What kept the Pirates movies fun was the mysticism that surrounded both the first and second. And the fact that the Pirates were clearly the bad-guys, which was lost in the third.

    • I will admit that subsequent viewings have made me appreciate the second film a little bit more. Although it’s totally irrelevant to the main storyline and takes up so much screen time, all the stuff with Jack being chief of that tribe is so well done and the action scenes there are pretty spectacular.

      It’s still just way too bloated. Too many characters, too many subplots, and no idea how to get everyone’s paths to cross in a cohesive way. What I love about the first movie is that everyone is SHOCKED to see undead pirates. It’s an otherwise semi-realistic universe infiltrated by supernatural forces.

      In the sequels, all the supernatural stuff is just part of their world. No one even questions it and the whole thing becomes a straight up fantasy.

      • That’s exactly what I think. The first movie was an adventure movie, but Dead Man’s Chest turned it into a fantasy series, probably with the introduction of Davy Jones. All the characters just accept him. Whereas in the first movie no one believe that the pirates couldn’t be killed.

  8. Well,i look forward to this not a big fan of the sequels but part 1 was good.

  9. im actually a big fan of all the pirates movies and can’t wait for this one
    In my opinion gore verbrinsky or whatever his name is did a great job with the franchise. anyway can’t wait

    • I agree. I like Verbinski as a director and would hardly put the lion’s share of the blame for Pirates 2 & 3 on him.

  10. I’m so hyped over this.lol..actually to people back then it was accepted with anything supernatural..to them it was as real as nature..if you think about it we still harbor supernatural beliefs,however i think the belief in UFOs ,E.tsetc.kind of mirror those long ago who believed in the fountain of youth, or the flying Dutchmen or mermaids..all in all its fun to watch all the PTC films.

    • You’re right. The paranormal was just expected in those days (and it has to be said, outside Western society, even today). UFOs and the like tap into that human instinct in the West.

  11. I think Johnny Depp did very well out of Pirates, considering that it was supposed to be a star vehicle for Orlandu.

    If they can make a movie that owes very little to 2 and 3 I’m cautiously optimistic.

  12. Where the sequels screwed up was suddenly makin Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom pirates. In he first film there was girly little Elizabeth Swan, then in comes movies 2 and 3 and she’s the Pirate King!! Because she’s tougher than everyone else!

    Now I know that she was voted “Pirate King” because Jack Sparrow was the only one who didn’t vote for himself, giving Elizabeth 2 votes compared to everyone else’s 1. But it was still taking focus off of the enjoyable characters in favor of giving Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly more screen time. I’ve heard rumors that they are not in the fourth film, so maybe they can focus more on story instead of romance.

  13. Definitely looking forward to it and still wonder how much material beyond the title was filched from Tim Powers’ book.

  14. @Jason, What did you mean with this comment:::?
    You’re right. The paranormal was just expected in those days (and it has to be said, outside Western society, even today). UFOs and the like tap into that human instinct in the West.”

    • puzzling..

      • Excellent! I love puzzles!

    • Outside what might be called “western” culture today there is still a widespread belief in supernatural powers.

      In the west, we see that belief transferred to belief in UFOs and crystals and the like.

      It made perfect sense in my head.

  15. I found they had Jack become more of a buffoon in 2 & 3. I hope they make him ‘crazy like a fox’ the way he was in the first movie. The character acted like he didn’t clue in to things but was actually always one step ahead and very aware of what was going on! I loved that!

    • i agree with you there DebH, he hammed it up too much in 2&3, but i gotta admit i liked the trilogy as a whole, but the first one was by far the best of the three

    • I think part of the problem is that the character was originally written for a different type of actor and in a much more subdued style. So Depp came in and added his little flourishes and surprised everybody.

      Fast forward to the sequels and now they’re writing explicitly for Depp knowing how he’s going to play it and that sort of ruined it. I don’t know, does that make sense?

      • Yes, that does make sense, Chris. I wonder if they can get back to their original head space.

        And Anthony, I liked all three too for different reasons. The first was the best, but I did love when Jack was in Davy Jones Locker. That was some terrific acting!

        • Terrific acting…???? If you say so??????????????????????

  16. I enjoyed the trilogy overall, but do agree that the sequels were less in quality. One thing I didn’t like about them was they were TOO LONG. A film about pirates really shouldn’t be any longer than 2 hours. You could take out the scenes from Pirates 2 on the cannibal island, and the story would still be the same. And Pirates 3 had too much going on at once, that I pretty much lost interest at some points.

    Anyway, I’m willing to give this film a chance.

  17. I’m so excited about this thought people seemed to have forgotten about the AWESOMENESS of the triology. I love the movies, but I can see why there was a problem with the last two….there was just TOO much they were trying to fit in. This one seems to be different.

  18. As far as I am concerned, this is the second Pirates film.
    that having been said ,I am looking forward to On Stranger Tides.

    • Well, that’s only because On Stranger Tides will have the quality that Pirates 1 has. It will not be way too “over the top bloated”, and wont be “bloated”, period.

  19. I’m every excited, especially for Johnny Depp!!!

    For a moment, I thought Russell Brand was getting the role of Jack:)

    • Where on earth did you hear the ridiculous rumor???? Johnny was ALWAYS going to play Jack. Trust me, I’ve been watching for news on Pirates 4 for the last four years!!!

    • Brand was never rumored to be Sparrow, but his brother. I’m not sure if that’s been dismissed (I hope so) or not though.

      • Thankfully, I think we would have heard about it by now if that had come to pass. Brand’s been busy filming the Arthur remake while they’ve been in Hawaii shooting Pirates 4. That would have been so terrible and unnecessary.

        • Yeah. Brand being cast as a pirate wouldn’t be a problem for me, but bringing in Sparrow’s brother would. His father was brought in b/c Depp noted that his performance was based on Richard’s personality, but bringin in his family would be a gimmick. If Brand would have been his brother, then Amy Winehouse should be his sister :D

  20. love johnny depp hes sucha good actor im 13 and i love pirates 1 2 and 3 and im really looking forward to pirates 4 . GO JOHNNY!!!!

    • :’) I love you. So young…

  21. as a Pirates of the Caribbean fan through and through I must say I was enraged at them making a fourth movie. However, as hard as I try, I must admit that I grown up loving and STILL love ALL of the current movies that have been made and even though my heart lied with Will and Elizabeth’s story that there is no denying that Capt. Jack Sparrow made the movies and will make this one even better. However, I do hate all of the criticism that is being brought back against the final two installments. Yes they were a bit over done and there were a lot of new story lines that opened up but when the ENTIRE cast and crew signed on for this plight they KNEW it was going to be a complex story line. So why dont you try and make a movie with such complexity and try to keep everything inline while focusing on the main point? If you are true to heart Pirate fans you would take the fourth movie as a gift and a blessing and not use it to add more criticism to the other two movies that followed the one that started it all. I will admit that the second was not as good as the first and the third was very packed with action and info… but they were still amazing and I hate seeing people who claim to love the movies as I do bash the hell out of them. On a happier note I cannot wait for the movie, I am quite interested to see what kind of story unfolds here, other than the obvious expedition for the Fountain of Youth. By reading the opening scene it seems that the style of the film has not changed much even though the director has changed and I think we have Jerry, Terry, and Ted to thank for that. Until May 20th!!

  22. Alice In Wonderland was the first movie that I’ve seen in 3D and was pretty blown away by the whole thing, so i’m definitely looking forward to this 4th pirates movie, for the immersed experience of 3D and because the storyline seems to be going in a rogue direction without all the subplots to keep track of; I enjoy the 1st 3 movies for what they are, but I’m all for Captain Jack getting to have his own wild adventure without everything having to come back to Will and Elisabeth. I think being able to focus on the Captain will make it feel more like a journey that one is involved with, and free things up a little bit in the realms of Possibility….:}

  23. Captain jack seems very serious, he really wants to find the fountain of youth. The poster looks great. Just waiting for the second trailer to come.

  24. The acting is not what makes people watch Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s the costumes! :)