Having worked at the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (albeit many, many years ago), I have mixed feelings about the four POTC movies that have been released so far. The question is, will Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales make things better…or worse?
We haven’t had a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie since On Stranger Tides was released in May 2011, so by the time Dead Men Tell No Tales is released in May 2017, six years will have passed. That’s not exactly surprising, considering that On Stranger Tides wasn’t very well received – and even though the third installment (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) did better than the last one, a lot of fans weren’t happy with it. (Yes, including myself.)
Still, at least At World’s End featured the characters we had known and loved (or loved to hate) since the first film. The one good thing that I can see so far about Dead Men Tell No Tales is that it’s not just Johnny Depp returning to the franchise – Orlando Bloom is reprising the role of Will Turner, and Geoffrey Rush is returning as Barbossa.
Plus, the title harkens back to one of the attraction’s most infamous lines, and I have to hope that Disney won’t besmirch those words.
The poster for this next Pirates of the Caribbean movie features a skull, of course, but as you can see, it’s quite a bit more stylized than the previous versions. Is it perhaps a nod to new character Captain Salazar (played by Javier Bardem)? Only time will tell, I suppose, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case.
On top of that, during tonight’s Fear the Walking Dead finale Disney released the first teaser trailer for Dead Men Tell No Tales…and they’re bringing back ghost pirates! Again, this could be a good thing – they’re returning to their roots, right? – or it could end up being a bad ploy.
All I’m going to say is, I may not have been all that happy with the last two Pirates movies, but I really do hope that this one can bring things back around. Check out the teaser trailer below and leave a comment to let us know your thoughts about there being a fifth POTC installment!
Author: Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is an author, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning.
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