If I have any complaints about the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series so far, it's lack of focus. The first film could have used about 15 minutes shaved off, and the two after that were even more bloated. Perhaps it was because the filmmakers had a long form story to tell and lost the overall plot for the details, trying to fit an all-encompassing story in them. Well, Jerry Bruckheimer spoke to USA Today, and an interesting tidbit was revealed - not only does Bruckheimer have two more PIRATES screenplays in the works, but that any films released from this point will be standalones.
"The audience told us what they loved about it is that it was fresh, it was new, it was a whole new story," said Bruckheimer to USA Today. "So that will carry over into the next one, too, to give it something fresh and different. As long as the audience embraces this one, we’ll certainly try to make another one. It’s really up to Johnny. He loves the character."
I keep forgetting we have a new PIRATES film coming out this summer. With all the other major releases, this one seems to be squeaking under the radar. Hopefully Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp can bring the series back to the swashbuckling fun of the first film. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES comes out this May from Disney Studios.