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Depp Says Pirates 4 Could Be In Danger
Cook's Disney departure may delay movie

21 September 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The LA Times

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It’s early days yet, but it already seems that the sudden departure of Disney chairman, Dick Cook, could have a major effect on the company’s upcoming roster – namely, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

All seemed to be plain sailing for the fourth movie in the Pirates franchise – last week, at the Disney D23 Expo, Cook and Johnny Depp – in full Jack Sparrow regalia, as he’s wont to do at Disney presentations – announced the new subtitle, and a sneak peek at the plot, in which Cap’n Jack will set off in search of the Fountain Of Youth.

But Depp himself cast doubt on the status of the new sequel over the weekend when he called the LA Times, in reaction to Cook’s departure, and said, "There's a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment… It was all born in that office."

‘That office’ being Cook’s, where the long-time Disney chairman had persuaded Depp to walk the Pirates plank in the first place, after a fruitless period of trying to get the star interested in Disney fare. "He said, 'We're thinking about doing this 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie,'" Depp told the LA Times. "I said I was in. This was before there was a script or anything."

Depp went on to recall that Cook had protected him and shepherded him when other Disney suits were going nuts about the leftfield nature of his Sparrow turn. And with a deal for Pirates 4 only provisionally in place, and based on the quality of the script, it seems that Depp’s commitment to what had seemed like a set-in-stone tentpole may be wavering out of loyalty to his friend. And you’d imagine that with no Depp, and no Cap’n Jack, there’ll be no audience appetite for a new Pirates movie.

But as we said above, it’s early days yet, and Depp may yet come around; especially as it’s almost certain that the new Disney boss – whoever that may be – will move heaven and earth to get the star on board. As ever, watch this space.
 


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I honestly couldn't care less about this. More

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How could Depp want more money he was reportedly supposed to get a whopping 32 million for the fourth installment. I think it's more Depp doesn't want to deal with the studio and their b.s. it's not like he's having trouble getting roles right now either. More

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You gotta give Depp credit for this -   "Pirates 4 could be in danger" = "I want more money." More

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L: RandyChimp I'm going against the crowd here and am saying I actually enjoyed part 3 more than parts 1 and 2. Not that part 1 wasn't awesome. But I can't tell you how happy I was when I heard they'd dropped Liz and Will, they were 2 dimensional characters with no interesting factors whatsoever, bring on Captain Jack and Barbossa, two awesome characters that never get old. And kbeards involved (as I've heard he is), then bring on Gary Oldman da whoop! crazy.....so crazy it just might w More

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I'm going against the crowd here and am saying I actually enjoyed part 3 more than parts 1 and 2. Not that part 1 wasn't awesome. But I can't tell you how happy I was when I heard they'd dropped Liz and Will, they were 2 dimensional characters with no interesting factors whatsoever, bring on Captain Jack and Barbossa, two awesome characters that never get old. And if Blackbeards involved (as I've heard he is), then bring on Gary Oldman, shoop da whoop! More

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Of course it could be in danger, it's the fourth movie in an already tedious franchise. There's #FF0000]scientific evidence ] to prove it'll be poop (deck). More

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RE: great now he can do Don Quixote for gilliam
It's gonna be one of those things where in 5 or ten years time people are gonna see all the plot holes and wish they could change it all but can't! I still can't believe Elliot said the whole thing is really about will and Liz, it wasn't!! More

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great now he can do Don Quixote for gilliam
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Posted by Rumpledink at 14:24 on 21 September 2009 | Report This Post

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This is good news do we really ned another Pirates movie?, the trilogy is alot of fun, love jack sparrow, but any more will feel like just money making i think, more lunch boxes to sell, etc etc, let it be ended now, Johnny i emplore thee, leave Cpt Jack where he is More

Posted by icedude at 13:22 on 21 September 2009 | Report This Post

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"Pirates" is an established franchise now and a golden cash cow for Disney (made them a squillion dollars at the last count). Nobody is going to mess with Johnny' s performance now. It's bound to happen sooner or later with so much money at stake. More

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Posted by lona_no_friends at 10:32 on 21 September 2009 | Report This Post

It would be a shame if there was no more Jack Sparrow on our horizons but I respect Depp too much to question whether it would be a mistake on his part to not do another. If he doesn't feel comfortable doing another without Cook involved it will probably resonate in his performance. And anyway, who wants to know Depp hated making the film and wished he'd never done it when we're sat watching it in the theatres? It would spoil the whole thing. As ever, let's definitely watch this space. More

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