Author Tim Powers tells The Los Angeles Times that it seems pretty certain that elements from his 1987 novel “On Stranger Tides” will be used in Disney’s upcoming fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film which is using the same moniker.
Powers confirmed that Disney optioned the book, which deals with a race against Blackbeard to reach the Fountain of Youth, nearly three years ago. He adds that “My main character doesn’t overlap with Jack Sparrow at all [in personality or circumstance]; they’re totally different characters. I suppose they might overlap the Geoffrey Rush character Barbossa and Blackbeard. The only thing I feel certain they will hold on to is the Fountain of Youth since they telegraphed that at the end of the last movie.”
Terry Rossio, regular “Pirates” script writer, admits to Empire that they will use the book to some extent – “Tim Powers is an amazing writer – and it’s a great title. It allows us to draw material from that universe and his expertise.”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” sails into cinemas Summer 2011.