Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy swashbuckler films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney's theme park ride of the same name. Directors of the series include Gore Verbinski (1-3), Rob Marshall (4), and Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg (5). The series was scripted by Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott (1-4), and Jeff Nathanson (5), with the stories following the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley).
The films take place in a fictional historical setting; a world ruled largely by an amalgam of alternative versions of the British Empire and the East India Company, with the pirates representing freedom from the ruling powers.
The films started with their first release on the big screen in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which received positive reviews from the critics and grossed $654 million worldwide. After the first film's success, Walt Disney Pictures revealed that a trilogy was in the works.
The franchise's second film, subtitled Dead Man's Chest, was released three years later in 2006; the sequel proved successful, breaking financial records worldwide the day of its premiere. It ended up being the number one film of the year upon earning $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.
The third film in the series, subtitled At World's End, followed in 2007, and Disney released a fourth film, subtitled On Stranger Tides, on May 20, 2011 in conventional 2D, Digital 3-D and IMAX 3D. On Stranger Tides succeeded in grossing more than $1 billion, becoming the second film in the franchise and the eighth film in history to achieve this.
So far, the film franchise has grossed $3.72 billion worldwide; it is the eighth highest-grossing film series of all-time and it was the first franchise where more than one film grossed $1 billion worldwide. A fifth film, tentatively subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales, is currently in pre-production and is set for release on July 7, 2017.
Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg would be helming the film. On August 22, 2013, it was revealed that the title of the fifth film would be Dead Men Tell No Tales, alluding to the line well-known from the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park attractions.
A spokesman for the Australian Arts Minister, George Brandis confirmed that Dead Men Tell No Tales was set to shoot in Australia after the government agreed to repurpose $20 million of tax incentives originally intended for the remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. According to Australian film industry sources, pre-production started in late September 2014 and filming is expected to commence in February 2015. Bruckheimer announced on his twitter account that Kaya Scodelario is cast in a role.