Even before the worldwide success of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Disney was prepping for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 back in January by hiring writer Terry Rossio. We haven't heard much about the sequel since then, aside from rumblings that Johnny Depp is close to signing on. I recently got to speak with actor Kevin McNally, who plays Joshamee Gibbs in the franchise, and he revealed they may be eyeing a summer 2012 production start for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Here's what he had to say below.
"I think the intention is to shoot another Pirates film next summer. Whether that will happen or not, I don't know. I hope so. I quite need a holiday in Hawaii at the end of my theater run, so it would work out perfectly for me. I think we have every intention of doing that next year. I think two years between each film is very good for the audience. When we did 2 and 3 within a year between them, I think that was probably a bit soon. So, if we did one next year, it would probably come out in 2013. That would be good."
When I asked him if Rob Marshall would return to direct Pirates of the Caribbean 5, he said nothing is official yet, but he believes the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides should make him the first filmmaker on the list.
"Those things don't quite trickle down to me for many, many months. I'm not the first to be told these things, so I don't know, but I would imagine, with the huge financial success of Number 4, that he would be the first port of call. Maybe he has feelings about whether he wants to do another pirate film or not. I don't know. All these things are up in the air."
Kevin McNally also talked a bit about The Raven, which hits theaters March 9, 2012. He portrays the publisher of John Cusack's Edgar Allan Poe, who may be considered a suspect in the grisly murders surrounding the poet's work.
"I play Edgar Allan Poe's publisher, who is very frustrated that he has got writer's block. The film is about trying to work out... there's a serial killer using Edgar Allan Poe's methods from his stories. Obviously, Poe is under suspicion, and he's trying to work out who would be doing this to him, and for what reason. A lot of the people in the film would have a reason to try and inspire him to write more, including my own character. It's a very dark, psychological thriller, although there's some wonderful humor. John Cusack is extraordinary as Poe, because he's a wonderfully powerful and intense actor. I think he found a lot in Poe that he really, really loved. (Director) James McTeigue is a master of darkness, of dark horror. I'm really looking forward to it. I had a fantastic experience doing it, and I particularly enjoyed it because that came right after Pirates, because it was so different. I always like to do that after I finish a Pirates movie."