I remember back in the day when Disney first announced they’d make a movie based on the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. My mind couldn’t quite conceive of what that would be like, but “Curse of the Black Pearl,” launched in 2003, introduced the character of Captain Jack Sparrow as played by Johnny Depp. Now that character is part of the attraction and the rest is history.
Well history can be rewritten. Disney is once again working on a reboot of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise bringing back one of the original movie’s screenwriters and introducing Craig Mazin (whose recent HBO series “Chernobyl” is one of 2019’s best film making projects).
Mazin and Elliot will be developing a new feature that Disney hopes can breath new life into the five movie franchise. In addition to the Pirates series, Elliott has credits on 1992’s “Aladdin,” 2001’s “Shrek,” and 2007’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.” Mazin is known mostly for his off-beat humor movies like The Hangover series and “Identity Thief.” He’s also runs a popular podcast with a focus on film making and screenwriting. His HBO series Chernobyl also has a podcast I recommend listening to after watching each episode.
Hearing that this duo is in charge of the Pirates franchise makes me think its in good hands.
Disney had been working with the writers of the off-color Marvel superhero Deadpool movies, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, but that project had been put on hold in February.
Super Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer is still expected to produce, just as he has for the previous five films.
It’s unknown if any of the characters or actors from the five film series will return for the reboot.
You can’t blame Disney for trying to dig up more treasure from its Pirates franchise. The box office total so far adds up to more than $4.5 billion. That’s a lot of Pirate Booty.