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Pirates of the Caribbean sailing into endless sequels

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   Nothing breeds success like success. That's the lesson to be learned from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, reports mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The first three "Pirates" movies-- "The Curse of the Black Pearl" in 2003, "Dead Man's Chest" in 2005, and "At World's End" in 2007-- have racked up a staggering $2.6 billion worldwide. When that happens, Bruckheimer says, "You understand pretty quickly that a message is being sent to you by the audiences." And that message is...make more movies. So the fourth installment of the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp),  "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," is poised to add big bucks to the producer's and Disney Studios' coffers. And obviously more are planned.

   According to Bruckheimer the most difficult thing to do was getting the screenplay right, because that what lures everyone to the production. The producer doesn't think he would have gotten Johnny Depp to come back and do another sequel, or assemble the rest of the cast, unless there was a good story to tell. So Depp was working with the script process with screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and the production team.

   Thanks to the script, Bruckheimer says it was a real coo to get Rob Marshall at the helm of "Pirates," calling the director (an Oscar-winner for "Chicago") an "ultimate master at what he does." He is a filmmaker unafraid to take real risks and tackle the biggest challenges. Marshall's background in film, musical theatre and choreography were very beneficial directing all the action. The fights and chase scenes show off the skills of someone who understands movement. The flow of the action is to be appreciated by fans and industry folks alike.

   The new "Pirates" movie is well-worth seeing for its storytelling with a flair. It has an enjoyable style that shows how far we've come since the days of Errol Flynn on the silver screen. Now we have Johnny Depp swashbuckling in 3D, with more to come.

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