As the promotional push for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” begins in earnest, one question that’s bound to come up is the likelihood of a fifth voyage with Johnny Depp’s Captain Sparrow should this fourth entry fare well.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirms to USA Today that he has a screenplay in the works for a fifth film, and the plan with the franchise is to continue with stand-alone adventures like the first film and ‘Tides’ rather than the continuity-heavy second and third film.
Asked about recent test screenings for ‘Tides’, Bruckheimer says “The audience told us what they loved about it is that it was fresh, it was new, it was a whole new story. So that will carry over into the next one, too, to give it something fresh and different. As long as the audience embraces this one, we’ll certainly try to make another one. it’s really up to Johnny. He loves the character.”
Depp himself has previously expressed interest in continuing the character, so don’t be shocked if a fifth one is announced shortly after ‘Tides’ opens.