Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the fifth installment in Disney's popular franchise. Based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Disney parks, the movies brought Pirates back to mainstream cinema, giving them a ghostly, supernatural twist. However, the franchise lost its way in later movies, with the fourth installment, On Stranger Tides coming in for some particularly scathing reviews.
The tide has hopefully turned though, with Dead Men Tell No Tales. Widely touted as a soft reboot, the movie looks to be getting back to the franchise's origins and remembering what made it so great in the first place; namely that it captured the spirit of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. That, and more, is discussed in a new behind the scenes video (see the clip above), released online via Walt Disney Pictures.
It's refreshing to hear Dead Men Tell No Tales directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning discussing the movie with so much enthusiasm here, and their dedication to returning to the franchise's roots can only be a good thing. However, there's something in the video that really stands out, confirming a long suspected plot point.
When Brenton Thwaites addresses the camera, his character is listed as Henry Turner - meaning he is the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). The confirmation won't necessarily come as that much of a surprise to most; after all, we saw that Elizabeth and Will had a child together in the post-credits scene for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, but Henry's last name hasn't been confirmed until now. With Bloom reprising his role in Dead Men Tell No Tales, and still serving as Davy Jones (at least at the start of the movie), it will be interesting to see how he relates to his son.
It remains to be seen whether Knightley will return as Elizabeth even for the briefest of cameos. Again, it's a rumor, albeit a very unsubstantiated one, but it could possibly happen right at the end of the movie, particularly if Will Turner does return to shore. Elsewhere, Captain Jack Sparrow is trying to evade capture by the ghostly Captain Salazar, who is hell bent on revenge after Jack forced him to exist in the world of the undead.
With producer Jerry Bruckheimer using words like "fresh," and "reinvigorating the franchise," it seems reasonable to hope that Dead Men Tell No Tales will give the Pirates franchise the return to form that it so richly deserves. Certainly trailers and images released thus far seem to hint at a properly entertaining, swashbuckling adventure.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) release date: May 26, 2017