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November 6th, 2006:
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp
), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom
) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley
) return for one last decisive battle. In the conclusion to the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, the heroes must face a powerful alliance formed by Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander
), Davy Jones (Bill Nighy
), and Admiral James Norrington (Jack Davenport
). With the help of an unlikely friend, the trio will fight to protect the freedom of all pirates around the world. A titanic showdown at the other side of the world will also bring a new and even more deadly enemy, the dreaded pirate captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat
).What to Expect:
The first Pirates of the Caribbean film was a bit of a surprising success. Budgeted at $140 million, the movie started out slow with a moderate $46 million opening weekend, but eventually went on to gross just over $305 million and even earned Johnny Depp an Oscar nomination for his outlandish portrayal of captain Jack Sparrow. The sequel was a surprise as well in the sense that no one expected it to shatter box-office records the way it did. The $225 million production had the highest grossing opening weekend in history when it managed to reap in $135 million domestically. It has since exceeded $420 million in total box-office receipts in the US and has surpassed the $1 billion mark in total ticket sales around the world. Currently, it is ranked third all time worldwide behind Titanic and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It’s no surprise then that Disney
has allotted $200 million for the third and final part in the trilogy and has announced plans to release it on the same day around the entire globe instead of letting it trickle through to various markets gradually. Article continues below
Here’s a quick summary of where Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
left off and what direction the filmmakers are planning to take with At Worlds End.
***WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW***
In order to rescue Jack Sparrow from his watery grave, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann consulted Tia Dalma (Naomi Harris
) for help. Tia Dalma in turn announced the need for assistance from another captain, who could guide them to Jack Sparrow at “Worlds End.” It was revealed that the person who would help them on their journey would be Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush
), who had just been brought back to life by Tia Dalma. In the third part in the series, the ensemble will join forces, resurrect Jack Sparrow, and take on the alliance between Davy Jones, Cutler Beckett, James Norrington, and Sao Feng.
***END OF SPOILERS***
Some time ago, the first 57 pages of an early draft of the script for Worlds End were leaked onto the Internet, but the producers have since denounced the relevance of said script, claiming that it was primarily used for budgeting and scheduling purposes and that considerable changes were made during the actual shoot. The production has been fairly chaotic since scenes for the third installment in the series were shot without a finished script in order to take advantage of the island locations that were being used for Dead Man’s Chest. The tight shooting schedule left director Gore Verbinski
with little room for error and feeling quite uneasy about the conditions. Truthfully, attempting to make a film without a proper script in place is a recipe for disaster rather than quality.
The hectic stop-start schedule picked up off the coast of California soon after Dead Man’s Chest was wrapped. Some scenes with Johnny Depp were filmed at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah where the bright desert landscape was reportedly a perfect location for what was needed. While it is unknown how the site fits into the film exactly, it could serve as Davy Jones’ Locker, which has been described as a sandy purgatory. Additionally, some shooting was done at Niagara Falls, which certainly provides a very appropriate setting given the film’s title.
All of the principal cast return, including of course Johnny Depp, as the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise would be nothing without him. In the third installment he will have the unique opportunity to play opposite the person that inspired his remarkable take on Captain Jack, Keith Richards
. Richards has been pursued for a cameo as Jack Sparrow’s father ever since Depp revealed that he based his character’s behavior on Richards’ mannerisms. Initially, the Rolling Stones guitarist was set to appear in the first sequel, but at the time, his conduct on the set was quite disorderly. Richards reportedly got so drunk that Verbinski had to prop him up himself.
By adding Chow Yun-Fat to the mix and giving him the role of the primary villain in the second sequel, the filmmakers have made another inspired casting decision. Given his martial arts prowess, the actor should bring some variety into the ensemble. It has been rumored that his character, Captain Sao Feng, will fight with two swords in the picture.
In July, some impressive early footage from the third part was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con.
***MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD***
The montage included shots of a floating Singapore village, a scene where Jack Sparrow attempts to convince his crew to rock a ship over by running back and forth on the ship deck, a swordfight between Sparrow and Davy Jones atop a crows nest in the middle of a storm, and a massive sword battle on board a ship where both Sparrow and Barbossa are involved in the struggle. Apparently, the two will join forces and fight alongside each other, but there will still be some resentment between them.
***END OF SPOILERS***
According to Verbinski, the film will be about the piracy era coming to an end. Screenwriter Terry Rossio pointed out that the title, At Worlds End, has a double-meaning that not only suggests the end of an era, but also points to a specific location.In Conclusion:
You can expect that the third part will be entirely drowned in the same crude humor, stunning locations, and dazzling special effects that made the first two so spectacularly successful. The filmmakers should be able to surpass the box-office numbers of Dead Man’s Chest especially given the four-day weekend that occurs thanks to the Memorial Day holiday, but they are unlikely to replicate the quality of the very first entry. The drop-off in ingenuity from the first part to the second may affect the performance of At Worlds End just slightly, however. Either way, the Pirates of the Caribbean series has now become a mega-franchise and Disney is not calling it quits just yet. The third part will definitely close out the storyline in the trilogy, but there are already rumors that the producers are planning to make a fourth installment. Other rumors suggested that in order to save some money, Disney wants to cut Orlando Bloom from any such future endeavors. Said rumors were already denied somewhat halfheartedly in an official statement. Still, things look very promising for Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, even if the freshness of the series is mostly gone.Similar Titles: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
, Cutthroat Island
, National Treasure