Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has proven to have a strong fan base. Each entry has had their admirers guessing as to who will appear next. Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow has been by far the best of the batch. Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa of the Black Pearl was a great choice. Bill Nighy as Davy Jones comes in at a close second place to Rush. Even Ian McShane as Blackbeard was a credible casting move. Now we look at the next Pirates movie set to star Javier Bardem as the ghostly Captain Salazar. A new photo released from USA Today has said thespian in a different setting (pictured above). No doubt has the stream of movies been widely lucrative. However, as strong as each movie has performed, the law of diminishing returns has had an effect.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was the freshest of all. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) was mixed although still had people in their seats. The third film, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) satisfied people although found it long. And although Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) was shorter, people wanted more. It has been six years from the last Pirates film. What people are hoping for is that this will be the installment to turn the boat a 180. From Bardem’s portrayal so far, it seems as though he’s trying to change it up a bit from previous antagonists. The other thing this series needs to fix are its titles. The Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man Tells No Tale (2017)? There comes a point where a title can only be said so many times.
What a mouthful.
For the first three films, Gore Verbinski handled the direction of the Pirates vehicle. In the last movie, Rob Marshall took the helm. Although the sequels weren’t well received, both directors had experience. Currently attached directing this sequel are Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning. From their filmography, their first film released in the west (literally) was Bandidas (2006). Upon it’s release it was okay a best. Since then they have only produced films native to their homeland in Norway. Bringing on foreign directors isn’t a bad idea, but the fact that they have limited experience could prove to be a problem. Time will tell. What do you think of Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar so far? Let us know in the comment section below.