Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Filming Set To Begin?

While some scenes from each of the four previous Pirates of the Caribbean movies may have been shot in the actual Caribbean, the vast majority of location shots took place in Hawaii. A local news report says that will change with episode 5 of the series, which could begin filming in Puerto Rico as soon as November 2012. It’s also a possibility that episodes 5 and 6 will be shot simultaneously.

Johnny Depp is rumored to be getting a $95 million payday for coming back as Captain Jack Sparrow one more time. Series scribe Terry Rossio is writing the script, but so far a director has not been announced (which you think would be important if shooting was to begin in two months). Geoffrey Rush, who plays Captain Barbossa, was quoted in Collider talking about his character and the prospects for the 5th film.

The best part, for me, has been that the writers have managed to give an evolution to the character. He started out as this spat out from hell villain who was the bad guy and an evil dude. And in the course of the subsequent films, he used those particular powers to become a politician, brokering a G20 summit of pirate lords. In the last film, he went over to the other side and worked for the king. So, on that level, it feels as though I’m going into a new terrain each time, which is terrific. And I believe, in the script that’s being developed for the fifth film, they do it with great care and consideration. The writers and Jerry Bruckheimer, as producer, can’t start a film like this, with a creative team that’s so huge and the amount of money that’s involved, without knowing that the script is in good shape. You can’t start shooting this sort of stuff, if there’s holes in it. But, as to when it will go, I know nothing.

With the worldwide box office for Pirates 4 sailing past the $1 billion mark, it was a given that at least one more Pirates of the Caribbean film would be forthcoming. Are you excited for the prospect? Or have you given up on the franchise?

(via The Film Stage)