Where will Pirates of the Caribbean go from here?

Posted on 15 June 2016
By Carlton Whitfield
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One of the most surprising hit movies series of recent years was undoubtedly Pirates of the Caribbean. This swashbuckling epic has gone from being a kid-friendly theme park ride in Disneyland, to being an all-conquering box-office slaying monster that’s proven capable of entertaining millions and inspiring a massive range of games, comics and even fashions!

So far there have been four movies in the Pirates of the Caribbean series that have seen Johnny Depp creating perhaps his most iconic role yet as Captain Jack Sparrow. But already there has been a great deal of mystery and controversy surrounding the fifth movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, that’s expected to premiere on 7 July 2017.

In particular, the ongoing scandal surrounding Johnny Depp’s alleged abuse of his estranged wife, Amber Heard, looks to cast a shadow over Disney’s promotion of these family-friendly movies. Already there have been intriguing reports that Johnny Depp’s injured hand
that delayed the movie’s production was due to an altercation with Heard.

The franchise has already suffered from an increasingly negative response from the critics over the years. And with previous stars such as Keira Knightly and Mackenzie Crook stating that they will not be in the upcoming movie, the pressure’s been on Disney to maximise the impact of this costly update to the series.

Thankfully, it looks like we’ll see the welcome return of Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and with Penelope Cruz and even Paul McCartney set to make an appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean 5, it’s hoped that the 2017 movie will successfully reinvigorate the franchise

There’s already been a good deal of hype building around the film’s release in some unlikely places. This August will see the unveiling of a Pirates of the Caribbean comic book
that looks to follow the pirate’s adventures just after the events of the first movie.

And the gaming world has also had many successful adaptations, from early attempts for the Gameboy Advance and even a highly enjoyable Lego Pirates of the Caribbean game.

Mobile gaming has also enjoyed many pirate-themed treasures with a mobile release as far back as 2006, and even LadyLucks online casino site created one of their most popular games sometime ago
with a Pirates of Chance slots game that used many themes of the series for the smartphone-friendly fun.

However, the recently unveiled ride
at Shanghai Disneyland shows just how serious the brand has become, with a computer-animated trip across the ocean floor being somewhat more impressive than the retro animatronics of the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

And finally, if you really can’t wait until the movie’s release, then take a note of one superfan
who spent thousands emulating the look of her hero Jack Sparrow!