Friday, January 14, 2011

Pirates 5 Writer Hired

Disney believes future installments in its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise are seaworthy enough to hire a series veteran to script Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

Deadline reports that Disney has sealed a deal with Terry Rossio, the co-writer of the previous four Pirates pics, to script the fifth entry. It will mark the first film in the series Rossio will have written without his partner, Ted Elliott.

The site adds that Disney is also angling to sign Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall to helm the fifth movie, and that Johnny Depp has a deal to reprise his role as Jack Sparrow for another movie although he's not locked.

Depp, however, told Entertainment Weekly that he's gung-ho to set sail for another movie. "As long as we can put all the puzzle pieces together, I would most definitely consider it," said Depp.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens May 20.

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