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    December 4, 2010


    The fourth installment in Disney's ever popular franchise that centers around Captain Jack Sparrow may find itself gunning for a fifth and sixth adventure. Hell, you read that right. Disney has been quietly and quickly setting up a plan to create two more sequels back-to-back, according to the people at HitFix.

    The fourth installment, On Stranger Tides has not received an official trailer yet (words have it will be released this Monday, December 13) and will not released until this summer. That did not stops Disney to make a such move by adding sequels to the franchise. According to HitFix:
    HitFix can now exclusively report that Disney has begun quietly telling cast and crew to set aside a major block of time in the very near future so they can shoot "Pirates 5" and "Pirates 6." And, yes, once again, they will be shooting them back-to-back as one giant film, and then they'll release them as two films.
    The same strategy was employed back when they were doing the second and third movie; Dead Man's Chest and At World's End few years back. That particular strategy was so rushed that the quality of the two sequels ended up sub-par and did not met the expectation of the great first movie; The Curse of the Black Pearl. But it did grossed so much money at the box office that warranted another tale to be carried on. Early buzz has been heard recently that the director Rob Marshall has made an excellent film - POTC 4 I'm referring to. On Stranger Tides gave some good impression and exceeded Disney's expectation and quickly planned on new sequels already.

    The shooting of the new sequels yet again raised the same possible question again. Yet again, there are three problems if the shooting for the new sequels will be done back-to-back. First, what assurance that the same strategy won't hurt Pirates 5 and 6 like Pirates 2 and 3 in terms of final product? Secondly, is the strategy of shooting back-to-back refers to a tie-in story for Pirates 5 and Pirates 6 that merely fills in the void to continue Pirates 4? If that is the case, chances are the audience would love to see a more focused and elaborate journey rather than a complex story with multiple back-stabbing incidents.

    Lastly, will Johnny Depp be free anytime soon? Disney is hoping that Depp will back for the shooting for the new sequels after he wraps up The Lone Ranger for which he played Tonto. Simply implies, we are now expecting the new sequels to start to shoot around next year.

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides arrives in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. on May 20th, 2011.

    SOURCES: HitFix, Screen Rant

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