Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Being Shot In 3D

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

If you’ve been following movie news over the last year or so, you shouldn’t be surprised in the slightest to learn that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 will be in 3D. However, before you get too upset and start ranting about how every movie is being released in 3D (although our name should let you know we encourage that!),  you should know that Pirates 4 is being shot in that format and not converted after the fact.

The lesser of two evils, some would say.

If there’s a surprising side to this news it’s that the announcement comes after reports that the cost of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was being downsized. This was reportedly going to be accomplished by such methods as cutting down shooting day lengths for certain scenes, to the extremity of removing things entirely from the script to save money wherever possible.

However, soon after those reports hit came word from Pirates 4 screenwriter, Terry Rossio, who denied the budget cuts and said that the budget hadn’t even been set yet, so there was “nothing to report.” If that news wasn’t true, then I guess it’s even less of a surprise that they’re taking the hugely successful Pirates franchise into the third dimension.

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Pirates of the Caribbean - Suited to 3D?

The question is whether or not the Pirates franchise is truly suited to 3D or not. My gut reaction is “no,” simply because the franchise tends to be very busy with a lot of messy action happening on-screen. It could be suited to 3D if they take things in a new direction, with more focus on the story and better action set-pieces (read: providing less of the mess found in Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End).

But the fact that they’ve already cast new good-looking male and female leads to effectively replace Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley (neither of whom are returning) suggests they’re looking to keep things similar to the previous Pirates movies.

However, like I said, the silver lining is the fact that Pirates 4 is going to be shot in 3D instead of being converted in post-production as they did with Clash of the Titans (which lead to horrible results). At least we’ll get “good 3D,” even if it still means having to wear those big glasses…

Are you glad to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4 go the 3D route? Or is this yet another film that shouldn’t have jumped onto the bandwagon?

Pirates 4 will see the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and joining him on this latest pirating adventure are: Ian McShane as the villain Blackbeard; Penelope Cruz as Blackbeard’s daughter and “Captain Jack’s equal”; Stephen Graham (Public Enemies) as “Scram”; Sam Claflin as “Philip, a youthful missionary”; and Astrid Berges-Frisbey in a “key role” as a mermaid.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides will begin shooting in Hawaii on June 14th this year under the direction of Rob Marshall (Chicago). It will hit theaters on May 20th, 2011.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures (via Coming Soon)

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  1. Why? Is 3-D necessary for every new film being made these days?

    • That’s because it’s like when HDTVs started being sold in stores that sell them, taking over for the old tube tvs that were around before them. So in other words, it’s like 2D is like the old tube tvs and 3D is like the new flat panel tvs that there are now, that are taking over whats available now!.

  2. Annoying? Yes.
    But from a buisness standpoint I can totally see where their coming from. Take this massive Disney movie that everyone will see without 3D and then add 3D and you’ve got a money powerhouse.
    Although 3d is getting old at least thier smart enough to shoot in 3D

  3. It doesn’t make a big difference to me if the story is good, but I’d prefer it in regular 2D

  4. Well, at least the film is being shot in 3D. Like most I’m disgusted that every new film has to be in 3D, and am totally against films being converted to 3D after the fact. Having said this, and despite being disappointed in the third installment, I will definitely go and see Pirates 4, as the acting of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow is enough to bring me to the theater…and I’m sure that’s what they’re counting on.

    • He’s the only reason PotC is a success. I can care less for this 3D craze, but like you and everyone else is saying, at least it’s being shot in 3D and not converted.

  5. People are complaining about this being shot in 3D? Seriously?

    • Cuz every new movie is in “3D”… This movie should do 3D “right” but I’m just not a fan of 3D.

    • I know!, right?.

  6. “It’s filming in 3D” doesn’t necessarily mean the only way to see the movie in theaters will be in 3D. Even if it was in only 3D so what? Wear the glasses, watch the film, it’s over. I wear glasses normally anyways, try wearing them all day. So I really don’t understand why it’s “annoying” to people or pisses some off.

    The choice will obviously be there to watch it in either format. So what’s the big deal? God, if you’re picky then just watch in 2D and shut up. I mean it’s not that hard.

    • Many complain about how you have to wear glasses for a movie. I have to wear glasses all day every day and I like them. I think glasses look good on me. Anyway, I don’t even notice it when I have to wear 3d glasses over my glasses. It really is not that big a deal. Also, I bet these people complain about wearing the 3d glasses, but then have no problem wearing sunglasses all the time in summer. Why, because then it looks cool to walk around in shorts with your hot sun glasses on. It’s like my mom said when she took us to a water park when I was a kid. All those teens sure have no problem standing in the hot sun for an hour waiting to do a 1 minute water slide, but they sure would complain other wise. Funny how people will complain about something in one instance, but not complain about it in another.

      • I actually don’t like seeing movies in 3D.
        For me, it has nothing to do with the glasses, I just get headaches whenever I see a film in 3D.
        But then again, I think I am very “visually sensitive”. I mean, I can’t actually watch some parts of The Bourne Trilogy (I still love it)..

    • I am 81 years old. I have worn glasses since I was 10 years old. I have never gotten used to them. I still take them off for anything close. However, the added realism and satisfaction gained from binocular vision make having to wear glasses to see a film in 3D, a small sacrifice indeed. That is, if the film is in true 3D and not a post abomination.

      Eventually they will perfect that lenticular approach to seeing a stereoscopic film without any viewing aid. Or, maybe using some other system not even developed yet, such as a holographic system. The point is that most people have binocular vision and should be willing to accept seeing motion pictures the way they see the rest of the world. I have read some comments that stated only certain movies should be in 3D. I take it that those people go through life evaluatiing what should be in 3D and what should not. If they see something they think should not be in 3D, they cover one eye while watching whatever it may be.

      When a viable glasses free system is fully developed and greedy movie moguls stop charging extra for the 3D experience, 2D movies will go the way of silent pictures. Our decendents will marvel at how tolerent we were to watch flat pictures and be able to enjoy the experience. Of course, with the full development of holographic projection you will not only be able to see something in 3D, you will be able to walk around the object you are viewing. When display systems reach that point, won’t all this bickering about 3D glasses seem silly indeed?

  7. I would complain, but Johnny Depp in 3D isn’t a bad thing in my book. Lol. It was probably the only good thing about Alice in 3D.

    • You have a point there!.

  8. I feel if it will help make the story more believeable and be decent without too much stuff going on then it should be worth seeing. I think the casting choices are great,but for the sake of quality cinema,I hope the writing is great as well.

    • That’s one thing that really irks me: you have to pay extra to see 3D but then they want the glasses back? Sounds like Gordon Gekko is running this thing: “Greed…is good”

    • Probably not.

  9. Would you like some conjunctivitis(pink eye) or Staphylococcus aureus with that 3D movie?