Depp Close To Signing For “Pirates 5”

Johnny Depp is close to a deal to sign on for a fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie just as the fourth film passes the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box-office reports Reuters.

Back in May it was revealed a script for a fifth film was in the works and producer Jerry Bruckheimer said he had no plans to proceed without Depp. At the time Depp said he’d be up for playing Captain Jack Sparrow again, but seemed interested in taking a break for a little while.

Despite the general downturn in U.S. domestic box-office, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has become the second highest grossing film of the year with $234 million thus far, behind only “The Hangover Part II” with $248 million.

Making up for the shortfall and then some is the foreign grosses where the movie has earned $775 million outside the U.S. so far, easily the biggest box-office hit of the year with around double the foreign haul of second place earner “Fast Five” at $389 million.

The second film, “Dead Man’s Chest”, currently holds the worldwide record for the series with $1.066 billion – a figure ‘Tides’ is expected to pass before its run is over.