Title Revealed For Pirates of the Caribbean 4

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pirates of the caribbean 4 logo2 Title Revealed For Pirates of the Caribbean 4

We recently found out the supposed plot for the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which, according to Hollywood Elsewhere, would feature Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Co. searching for the infamous Fountain of Youth. It’s not been officially announced but it seems plausible, and at this point we have no reason to think that it’s false.

So with that “semi-confirmed” plot (whatever that means) in mind, you could be forgiven for assuming Pirates 4 would be titled something akin to, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Search For the Fountain of Youth” or simply “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Fountain of Youth.” But no, at the D23 Disney Fan Expo, a logo/banner for the fourth Pirates movie was unveiled and it revealed the name and the release date: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has a (general) release date of Summer 2011.

On Stranger Tides, huh? I wonder just what that could mean. Since no plot details were revealed at the Disney Expo, that just leaves us all to speculate as to what the subtitle could be referring to. Could it mean Captain Jack Sparrow and Co. traveling to unknown, uncharted seas to find the Fountain of Youth? Do we take “Stranger” as in the characters don’t know what the “Tides” are? Or could it be something that will only make sense once you see the movie, as was the case with this summer’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?

Erik Davis from Cinematical came across a pirate book by the same name as the newly assigned Pirates 4 subtitle. As Erik asks on Twitter“Did Disney swipe the title from this book for Pirates 4?” or, “are they adapting it?” The Tim Powers written book is available on Amazon, here is the synopsis from it:

“Puppeteer John Chandagnac, bound for Jamaica to recover stolen money from his uncle, becomes Jack Shandy after pirates attack his ship and force him to join their crew. Shandy’s struggle to accept his new life grounds the story for readers, even as Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. The chaotic sea battles sing, though at times key events happen so quickly that they get lost in the shuffle as Jack tries to comprehend where he’s going and what’s at stake.”

on stranger tides book cover Title Revealed For Pirates of the Caribbean 4

"On Stranger Tides" by Tim Powers

Hold on a minute: the Fountain of Youth (with a main character called Jack)? Isn’t that what Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is supposed to be about? I find it hard to believe that Disney isn’t aware of the existence of Powers’ book, and aren’t using as at least an inspiration, if not a full on basis for adaptation, like Cinematical says. That’s an interesting idea to ponder – four movies into a franchise looking elsewhere for material to base your story off of. If true, it could work tremendously in the film/franchise’s favor or it could seriously backfire. I’ll leave it to you to give your thoughts on which way it would go.

What do you think of the title of the fourth Pirates movie? Do you think the On Stranger Tides book is an inspiration/source for adaptation for Disney?

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has Chicago director, Rob Marshall, rumored to be directing, with Johnny Depp being the only cast member we know of so far who is definitely returning (Keira Knightley has previously said no to returning). Production is supposed to start next Spring and is (as mentioned) set to be released in the summer of 2011.

Sources: Cinematical and /Film

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  1. I read today that Johnny will probably not be in Pirates 5 and 6…

  2. I actually JUST read on IMDB that Disney is looking for a replacement for Johnny for Pirates 5 and 6 already!! What the f***??!!! They can’t replace him!! Jack Sparrow is Johnny Depp! This has become a classic character!!! If they do that I will die……. F*** them!

  3. M.G.J,

    Since Johnny Depp will not be in Pirates 5 and 6. Pirates 5 and 6 will actually not happen at all!.

  4. I am seriously so pissed and sad right now!!…
    I don’t know what’s going on!! What is going on??!!
    People are already nameing actors they think will do good!
    I’m really sad right now…

  5. Ops…

  6. M.G.J, don’t worry!, johnny depp wont disappoint his fans by leaving the pirates franchise, because that would be the dumbist thing for anyone to do at this point!. Those movies are to good to discontinue now!. They wont stop making them because people go to see them regardless at the movie theaters when they are released to movie theaters anyways!.

  7. hehe.. I freaked a little.. xD
    I just really like Captain Jack (and Johnny) :P

  8. M.G.J, anyone who foes not like captain jack sparrow, and johnny depp, obviously has not seen him movies at all !. They wouldn;t know that liked him or not, if they didn;t see him movies!.

  9. i love the piaret opf the caribbian its the most succesful flim in the world

  10. Yes, it definately is the most successful franchise in the world!!!. Your absolutely right!!!.

  11. Denise, i highly doubt they will even bother to do a pirates 5 and 6 if johnny depp is not involved in them!. Although, i recently read somewhere that johnny depp never did say that he didn’t want to do a pirates 5 and 6, and that was all a big mis-understanding from unreliable sources!. People make a big deal about things and then that makes it all the more confusing for the next group of people who hear about it, because the way the news goes to next person is not all entirely correct!, or said correctly to the next person who hears about it!. And thats how that kind of ordeal ends up on the internet, which i totally hate when that happens!.