Since the early 1980s, Jerry Bruckheimer has been responsible for producing some of the most recognizable action films Hollywood has had to offer. Top Gun, The Rock and Armageddon are just a few of the smash hits he's had his name on.
However, a large chunk of Bruckheimer's filmography consists of crowd-pleasing franchises, the kind of blockbuster entertainment that audiences will come back for again and again. His latest film – director Gore Verbinski's take on The Lone Ranger (check out the new trailer) - aims to attract the same audience and potentially launch a franchise of its own.
Bruckheimer showed up at CinemaCon recently to promote The Lone Ranger and gave Collider a bit of an update on the latest batch of action-heavy sequels he has in development.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – the fourth entry in the Johnny Depp-fronted Disney franchise – may have received the weakest critical reception of the series, but a worldwide box office gross over $1 billion means that the (currently) untitled Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is still moving along.
Last we heard, Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour, Catch Me If You Can) was revising the script by longtime Pirates scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and according to Bruckheimer, that work continues on. Disney has already staked out a summer 2015 release for the film. So it's quite likely that we'll be hearing further details sooner rather than later. At the very least, expect a big announcement at the studio's D23 Expo in August.
The same goes for National Treasure 3, another project that Bruckheimer has in the pipeline. That film – which will follow the 2007 adventure National Treasure: Book of Secrets – was to be written by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro (the writing team behind Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time). Bruckheimer simply said that "a team of writers" are currently working on that script, which makes it sound likely that another writer (or writers) is revising Bernard and Miro's draft, though it remains unclear at this point.
Still, National Treasure 3 is far closer to a sure thing than another threequel, namely the long-discussed Bad Boys 3. Here's Bruckheimer's advice to fans who want to make that film happen:
"You got to talk to Sony Pictures. We'd love to have you talk to them and tell them it's a good thing to do. Please write them letters."
The most recent update on the project mentioned that star Martin Lawrence and director Michael Bay had continued to discuss the project, but their busy schedules made it a tricky proposition. Likely, the bigger problem lies with securing star Will Smith (who still isn't attached to the planned Independence Day sequels). It's doubtful that Sony would sign off on the project without one-half of the franchise's leading men, and besides, Bay is keeping busy with Pain & Gain and the upcoming Transformers 4.
Bruckheimer went on to say that Pirates 5 is not only a "priority" for the studio, but also for him personally. With the above projects, it's easy to see why. The previous Bad Boys film came out a full decade ago, and Smith is an even hotter commodity than he was back then (the same can be said of Bay), and the National Treasure franchise has laid dormant for long enough that most of today's children have probably forgotten about it. Meanwhile, Captain Jack Sparrow continues to be one of the most iconic characters in today's market.
Are you excited that Pirates 5 is moving forward? And would you watch a new National Treasure or Bad Boys film? Let us know in the comments section.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will hit theaters on July 10th, 2015.