If you're wondering what's up with the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, or the big-screen Lone Ranger movie, then you've come to the right place! Jerry Bruckheimer (producer of the Pirates movies) recently spoke with Coming Soon about the two Disney movies, updating us on the status of both of them.
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
Bruckheimer has said straight away that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is the priority for Disney:
"It's a great franchise for them and for us, too... A beloved character and Johnny's really excited about coming back to Captain Jack. He certainly is interested in Tonto, but Disney's priority is to get 'Pirates' made first. You never know what's going to happen, but they would like it."
Bruckheimer went on to say that the original Pirates writer, Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot, are currently writing the fourth installment, that it was, "funny," and a, "whole new way of going." However, he predictably didn't give up anymore details about the nature of the movie beyond that.
When asked about Gore Verbinski's possible return to the Pirates franchise (he directed the first three), even though we already know he has moved on Bruckheimer said "You never know [if Verbinski will come back]... He created the [Pirates] franchise so we'd love to have him back, but it's kind of up to him."
The only way I would ever want to see another Pirates of the Caribbean movie is if they ditch the romance storyline between Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley's characters (Knightly has previously stated she won't be returning to the franchise), and concentrate on Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp has previously been confirmed to return to play him) and Captain Barbossa. To me they were always the two most interesting characters of the whole Pirates franchise, and about the only thing I liked about both the second and third movies.