Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the film franchise based on the Disney theme park ride, became the first of two movies so far in 2011 to gross $400 million-plus in the global market in its opening weekend. (The second was Transformers: Dark of the Moon, another sequel nobody appeared to be clamoring to see.) So it’s understandable that Disney would want to continue cranking out its cash machine.
Apparently, a rough draft for the fifth movie is in the works, and Johnny Depp likes what he sees, because he is apparently close to inking a deal to appear as Captain Jack Sparrow for the fifth time.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has stated that there would be no fifth Pirates movie without Depp. Understandable, as the actor has helped Disney pull in nearly $5 billion in revenue between the first four Pirates movies and 2010‘s Alice in Wonderland.
Currently, Depp is working with Disney and Bruckheimer on a new adaptation of The Lone Ranger, in which Depp will play Tonto.
(via The Wrap)