After years of build up, which actually turns out to be a number of reconstructions, the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will finally be sailing in movie screens in May 2017. Not unlike many film series, the franchise may be losing its grip from its original storyline.
In fact, if you were one of those watching the movie for the first time, you probably would not have much to catch up. Rumors abound that the 5th installment, called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will be a soft reboot.
Orlando Bloom, who will be back as Will Turner, opened up about the rumor during an interview back in 2014 saying, “Basically, they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son.”
Disney wants the film to be appealing to the new generation by building upon new storylines. But first, it is said that POTC 5 will be similar to the first movie, reverting to where it first captivated its audience’s imagination.
It wants to rebuild itself, and follow a new lead in an island rich of storylines, so it makes more sense going forward.
Part of the reason Disney wants a reboot is because they’ve replaced the original scriptwriter, Terry Rossio, with Jeff Nathanson. New directors are also stepping in with Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
Rumor has it that their mission involves sailing back closer to the first film, and, to spike more interest from a younger generation, POTC 5 will be fusing in new faces, and a younger female lead, too, with Kaya Scodelario taking the role of astronomer Carina Smyth.
It is said that the latest sequel will touch on Will Turner’s relationship with his son Henry (Benton Thwaites), who will turn out to be Smyth’s love interest as the film unfolds.
Perhaps this will unravel as a passing of the torch from Jack Sparrow to the young Henry?
This could possibly be the last POTC role for Johnny Depp as Disney has sidetracked a part 6 production, which was supposed to be shot back to back with the sequel. It only strengthens the rumor that this could indeed be his last.
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