According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES will indeed be shot in 3D this summer.
Timely news for FilmEdge to report since we just attended the AFI tribute event celebrating producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s career with a Hollywood screening of the 2003 franchise-starting smash, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL — and the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow sail on in 2011 nearly a decade after he first marked his spot in movie history.
As we’ve discussed previously when PIRATES co-writer Terry Rossio blogged his pointed rebuttal of an LA Times article about STRANGER TIDES’ supposed budget cuts, the decision whether or not PIRATES 4 would be filmed in 3D has come quite late in its pre-production phase as Hawaiian location shooting begins next month. Aside from cost considerations, Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall had to ensure that such rugged location filming with 3D cameras was both possible and feasible.
The most prominent 3D titles jumping off theater screens, ranging from James Cameron’s AVATAR to this summer’s TOY STORY 3, are all computer animated features in one way or another. These digital productions tend to enjoy great control over their filming conditions, shooting on either physical green-screen or virtual stages where backgrounds are added artificially to compliment the main character actions. The recent CLASH OF THE TITANS remake was shot in traditional 2D and converted to 3D for theatrical release to ride the format’s wave of popularity, but the conversion suffered from many unfortunate side effects which betrayed its artificially induced visual depth. In short, no such high-budget, high-profile feature film on the level of PIRATES has been produced on location completely in and for 3D release. Yet apparently the filmmakers have overcome this limitation to deepen the dangers and character of Jack Sparrow in this fourth voyage beginning this June in Hawaii.
Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp and the entire crew of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES explore the strange and uncharted waters of film history once again, adding yet another dimension to Disney’s prolific seafaring series!