Last week, Steve "Frosty" Weintraub over at Collider ventured over to über-producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s office in Santa Monica to get an early look at the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time trailer. After viewing the trailer, Weintraub ran into Bruckheimer and took the time to ask him some questions regarding the upcoming fourth addition to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, entitled, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
The three questions Weintraub chose to ask were:
What’s up with the script?
When are they going to shoot the film?
Did the regime change at Disney cause any problems?
Bruckheimer's responses were that they’ve got a script for the film (especially if the reports are true that it’s based on a book); they’re looking to start filming next year and that the “resignation” of Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook will not affect the production of the film in the slightest. Weintraub also notes that the way Bruckheimer was speaking to him about the project, it looks as if the previous reports of the plot being the search for the fountain of youth are true.
While I wouldn’t consider Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End as entertaining as the previous two, I would happily welcome another installment. My only concern is that maybe Jerry Bruckheimer has too many things on his plate. While I’m sure he has an extremely large plate, if you look at what he’s got going on right now you start to wonder how much influence he really has on things.
As of now, Bruckheimer has 7 television series on the air, 2 films completed and ready for release and 20 projects “in-development” including the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean and the third National Treasure film. That doesn't exactly leave you much time for a hands-on approach.
Still, say what you will about his films and television series, JB definitely earns his money.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has a tentative release date of Summer 2011.