Pirates screenwriter Terry Rossio has revealed more details about the return of Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Carribbean: On Stranger Tides after we recently spoke to him about the book of the same name by Tim Powers, revealed last month to have been optioned by Disney three years ago.
Speaking to The LA Times, Tim Powers said, "I've watched all the movies several times, of course, and I think the clear thing they would use is the trip to the Fountain of Youth."
"My main character doesn't overlap with Jack Sparrow at all [in personality or circumstance]; they're totally different characters. I suppose they might overlap the Geoffrey Rush character Barbossa and Blackbeard. The only thing I feel certain they will hold on to is the Fountain of Youth since they telegraphed that at the end of the last movie."
Terry Rossio explains Disney's move to option the book and the story behind the new film, saying, "We wanted to do a story about Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth, and Tim Powers wrote a book about Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth... it just turns out that to do that story you would need that book. It's a brilliant and Tim Powers is an amazing writer - and it's a great title. It allows us to draw material from that universe and his expertise."
The question remains, was it based on it or not?
"I don't know if its proper to say it's based on it but there are enough common elements to think that the book had to be optioned to us to reasonably proceed along that story line."
The Keira Knightley-less Pirates is still pencilled in for a July 2011 release, Fountain Of Youth and all.