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DreamWorks to tell Blackbeard’s Tale

19 May 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  |  Source: Variety

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes another pirate epic – this time a biopic of the real-life brigand and all-round bastard of the seas, Blackbeard.

Variety reports that DreamWorks is behind a project all about the life of the legendary pirate. Working from a script by David Franzoni (Amistad and Gladiator), it’ll most likely cover the busiest years of the British buccaneer - also known as Edward Teach - in which he tore around the Caribbean of the early 18th Century causing all manner of merry hell. Set in the so-called Golden Age of Piracy, DreamWorks’ new flick will obviously eschew the mystical and mythical elements of the Pirates Of The Caribbean flick and centre on the Queen Anne's Revenge commander's real-life shenanigans.

A gift of a character for anyone who dares to step into his boots, Blackbeard (to whom Jack Sparrow bears an uncanny resemblance) was described as a big feathered tricorn-wearing, multiple sword-carrying salty old sea dog who had a penchant for weaving hemp and lit matches into his enormous facial fuzz during battle.

No news yet on who will be playing the titular character yet but we’re guessing Johnny Depp is all pirated out for the foreseeable. So who do you think should portray Blackbeard?


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Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman could pull this off (If he can do the accent) More

Posted by rosswales at 13:40 on 20 May 2008 | Report This Post

If not Brian Blessed then Tom Baker (see Blackadder II if you need any convincing...) More

Posted by douglas71 at 13:22 on 20 May 2008 | Report This Post

Maybe...
Another tale of the infamous pirate? Hmm, I hope they know what they are doing! I reckon either Gerard Butler or Ray Stevenson, both are tall and sexy. They could bring out the sexiness of pirates once again after Pirates lot. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 11:50 on 20 May 2008 | Report This Post

Blackbeard was only 38 when he died. How about Gerard Butler. He could quite easily pull off the bearded look (though he'd have to dye it black or something) More

Posted by Kittys_Gremlin at 10:08 on 20 May 2008 | Report This Post

Brian Blessed or Sean Connery!!! More

Posted by ???? at 09:20 on 20 May 2008 | Report This Post

Been done
Some decent tele-movie starring Robert the Bruce from Braveheart. Angus MCFaddyn maybe? Unless it's ultra violent (unlikely) it'll be no good. More

Posted by rob_devitt at 07:17 on 20 May 2008 | Report This Post

I AGREE
NATHAN FILLION! although on a more serious note perhaps a younger geoffry rush if isnt pirated out, or maybe liam neeson maayyybe, as an older version or aomthing. hrm, brian blessed too. or gerard buttler? More

Posted by drake22 at 22:58 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

Danny Dyer! haha. so... like... er... fuckin' walk the plank you mug! More

Posted by Ash_G at 19:30 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

Wow, Dreamworks again is behind the times
They just have to go after something that Disney has already done, don't they?! First, there was Blackbeard's Ghost in '68. Also, in Curse of the Black Pearl, Jacoby (the one that get's blown up at the end saying "No Fair.") has the smoking beard. They'd have to get a good actor to play him, I might think about seeing it. More

Posted by lizzygilly at 19:04 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Only choice
L: hit_or_miss_me Gary Oldman would be fantastic in this role. call. Got me drooling already. More

Posted by 36degrees at 18:58 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

Rolling Stones
I think Keith Richards should return to the screen, but as Blackbeard! More

Posted by Albertine at 18:56 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

It has to be..,.
BRIAN BLESSED!!! More

Posted by KlausKinski at 18:42 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

If I don't say it, Empire will...
Nathan Fillion!!!! More

Posted by Evil_Monkey25 at 17:45 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

I'm not sure how old he's meant to be, but I reckon Daniel Day Lewis would be superb! If they want younger, I reckon Eric Bana or Hugh Jackman would be good too. More

Posted by britesparc at 17:36 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

You may have seen...
James Purfoy playing Blackbeard in a drama about his life on UKTV history. I thought it and he was very good. More

Posted by james riley at 16:33 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

Only choice
Gary Oldman would be fantastic in this role. More

Posted by hit_or_miss_me at 16:22 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post

Why is it that whenever I think of Blackbeard, I think of the old Disney film Blackbeard's Ghost with Dean Jones and Peter Usitnov?! However if we're going for a more realistic and brutal portrayal of Captain Teach, how about Brendan Gleeson? Too old? More

Posted by Timon at 16:09 on 19 May 2008 | Report This Post


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