Confession: I don’t think I ever saw the third installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (I can’t say for sure, actually — it may have been so forgettable that I simply don’t remember seeing it). I do remember seeing the second movie, which is likely why I didn’t bother with the third. I thought if I had absolutely no interest in the storyline or the characters in the second movie, how could I possibly be interested in the third?
The truth is, I never saw what the huge fuss about the original was about. I liked Johnny Depp in it, but my enjoyment of it pretty much ended there. I lost interest in even Jack Sparrow in the second movie, when he turned into a weird caricature.
Anyway, most of you all know by now that there will be a fourth movie in the series, and that Rob Marshall (Nine, Chicago) has officially signed on, along with Johnny Depp, who will be reprising his Jack Sparrow role.
Details on the fourth movie’s plot are being kept under wraps, which is usually code for “We’ll make it up when we get to the set.” Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, however, will not return (the reason for this may have been explained in the third movie — you’ll have to excuse my ignorance). However, in their stead, we now know that Penelope Cruz is negotiating to come aboard to play Captain Jack Sparrow’s foil. We also know that the plot will revolve around the Fountain of Youth.
The casting would reunite Cruz with Marshall, who collaborated on Nine (Cruz’s performance garnered her an Oscar nom). I like Cruz (mostly for her Spanish-speaking roles — she’s kind of crap in American movies), and I certainly prefer her to Knightley. In fact, having disposed of whatever storyline the series had been running, and starting fresh with a new director and new characters, I could potentially get interested in the franchise again. If the focus stays on Sparrow and his relationship with Cruz, there could be some potential.
But then I sort of remember that Pirates is a family type adventure movie, and I don’t really like family adventure movies, so never mind. Pirates 4 is gonna blow nostril boulders.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Cruz also has a part in this summer’s Sex and the City 2? Oh wait, that’s not a fun fact — that’s a goddamn travesty. My mistake.