The fourth voyage of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN mega-franchise will set sail this summer to film ON STRANGER TIDES in Hawaii, according to comments released by Walt Disney Pictures and representatives overseeing the Hawaii Film Office.
Star Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow with director Rob Marshall at the helm and Jerry Bruckheimer producing. Screenwriting duo Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott also return to pen Jack’s newest high seas adventure, which is scheduled to dock in theaters May 20, 2011.
The islands state already enjoys a successful production partnership with Disney as the location home for ABC’s Lost series about to wrap up its final season, and a new Disney resort opens on Oahu in 2011. While small portions of PIRATES 3: AT WORLD’S END were filmed in Hawaii, the fourth chapter’s use of Hawaii as its home base will generate about $85 million to the local economy which has suffered in subpar tourism trade.
Certainly the production shift out of the Caribbean may ease the budget’s travel burdens a bit, plus the studio will be pumping costs directly back into a U.S. state hit hard by our stumbling economy. PIRATES 4 follows an increasing number of films lensed on the islands including Clint Eastwood’s HEREAFTER starring Matt Damon and the George Clooney/Alexander Payne collaboration THE DESCENDENTS about to begin shooting.
FilmEdge wishes the STRANGER TIDES crew smooth sailing to the Pacific paradise, and our site will be following PIRATES 4 as trade winds fill the production’s sails this summer, continuing our in-depth coverage through DEAD MAN’S CHEST and AT WORLD’S END.