- Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Stephen Graham, Gemma Ward, Sam Claflin, Kevin McNally, Richard Griffiths, Greg Ellis, Judi Dench, Keith Richards, Yuki Matsuzaki, Bronson Webb, Christopher Fairbank, Paul Bazely, Sebastian Armesto, Richard Thomson, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Anton Lesser, Toni Busker, Antoinette Nikprelaj, Ian Mercer, Jade Ryusaki, Robbie Kay, Robert Stone
- Director: Rob Marshall
- Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert, Tim Powers
- Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
- Associate Producer: Pat Sandston
- Executive Producers: John DeLuca, Ted Elliott, Chad Oman, Terry Rossio, Mike Stenson, Barry H. Waldman
- Art Directions: Drew Boughton, John Chichester, Robert Cowper, Zack Grobler, Tomas Voth
- Castings: Lucy Bevan, Kathy Driscoll, Francine Maisler
- Costume Design: Penny Rose
- D.O.P.: Dariusz Wolski
- Editors: David Brenner, Michael Kahn, Wyatt Smith
- Makeup: Joel Harlow
- Music: Hans Zimmer
- Production Design: John Myhre
- Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Hawaii, USA; London, UK; Los Angeles, USA; Puerto Rico; Surrey, UK
- MPAA Warning: Action/adventure violence
- Production Budget: $200 million
- Production Companies: Jerry Bruckheimer Films, KPB Digital for Film, Walt Disney Pictures
- Production Schedule: 14 June 2010 - 12 November 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Having pulled in over $2.6 billion in ticket sales alone, "Pirates of the Caribbean" is Disney's crown jewel franchise in terms of financial return. Critically however the reaction is more akin to "The Matrix" trilogy - a modern classic of a first film, a deeply flawed disappointment of a sequel with occasional inspired moments, and an absolute mess of a third entry that makes little sense in itself. Despite the sequels diluting enthusiasm for the franchise somewhat, a fourth entry wasn't unexpected and hopefully the filmmakers have learnt from the issues with the previous two films.
Going in, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has indicated that the tone will be much more akin to the first film - a stand alone, less serious, comedic adventure take that isn't overly saddled with reams of exposition. Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who penned the previous three films, are back and partly adapted the story from Tim Powers' novel "On Stranger Tides" which deals with Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth, a book that also inspired classic video game "The Secret of Monkey Island". The Fountain of Youth was depicted on a map that Jack Sparrow had in the final moments of the third film, so it being the focus of the story makes logical sense.
This franchise isn't anything without Johnny Depp though, and the actor will reportedly earn around $55.5 million to play Sparrow again in this outing. The other saving grace of this film series, Geoffrey Rush, is back as Barbossa and this time he's working for the Royal Guard to hunt down pirates. The big new casting additions here are "Deadwood" actor Ian McShane as the notorious Blackbeard, and Penélope Cruz as his daughter Angelica who serves as Sparrow's feisty foil and love interest in the film. Cruz's pregnancy caused some difficulties, so her younger sister Mónica stood in for Cruz during long-distance shots in order to hide the baby bump.
With their storyline essentially complete, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are understandably out this time. Instead, Sam Claflin will play Philip, a youthful missionary who'll basically be the equivalent of Bloom's Will Turner here. However, Claflin is expected to serve much more as a supporting character than Bloom did. Greg Ellis is back as Groves and Kevin McNally as Gibbs, but Mackenzie Crook will not return as the wooden eyed Ragetti. Keith Richards is reprising his role as Captain Teague while Stephen Graham is Scrum, Sparrow's new sidekick.
To keep costs under control, Rich Ross restricted the film's budget to $200 million - $25 million less than "Dead Man's Chest" and $100 million less than "At World's End". Gore Verbinski opted out as director, instead Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Nine") has jumped in to helm the film though the fun first trailer indicates visually it will remain pretty consistent with the others. Shooting ran from mid-June to mid-November with filming at one point in June taking place simultaneously in Hawaii, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, the island of Palominos, and Los Angeles.
Set to be released Disney Digital 3-D, IMAX 2D & 3D, and traditional 2D in the franchise's traditional late May release slot, there's a big sequence involving mermaids that crew members have been raving about, while zombies also figure into this adventure somehow. Judi Dench pops in for a cameo as a noblewoman who gets to make out with Jack Sparrow, one of several little signs that this already looks more interesting and fun than the previous sequels. Hopefully the franchise can rediscover the magic that made the first one so special."