It has been over six years since Strangers Tides and, since then, plenty has changed in the Seven Seas. Ahead of the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, co-director Joachim Ronning discusses the inspiration behind the new movie and the changes he has made to keep the story of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) fresh and interesting for the audience.
Soft Reboot Of A Beloved Franchise
Officially titled Dead Men Tell No Tales, the new Pirates of the Caribbean goes back in time to introduce Jack Sparrow as a young and ambitious sea voyager who caused the death of pirate hunter Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem). A CGI-ed young Depp already appeared in the trailers released by Disney.
Despite the introduction of new characters, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), members of the notorious pirate’s old crew, also return. Both characters were noticeably absent in 2011’s Stranger Tides.
In addition, early reviews confirm that the fifth installment of the franchise is a return to form. The movie received positive responses when it was screened earlier this year at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
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There is a reason why the new movie seems to be digging from the past. According to Ronning, the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie which was released in 2003 was the inspiration for the fifth installment.
Speaking to EW, the director explained that The Curse of the Black Pearl was his personal favorite because it reminded him of movies he grew up with and eventually made him want to become a filmmaker. He added that it also featured all the ingredients he treasured.
“It’s scary, it’s funny, and most of all it’s a comedy, but with great heart,” he said about the first movie. “[T]hat structure and the dynamics between the characters was something I really wanted to try and reinvent.”
It sure does sound like a step up to the previous installment which 1.45 billion in the global box office, but was torn apart by movie critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 32% rating.
A Better Focus On Supporting Characters
Ronning also pointed out that as much as fans love Captain Jack Sparrow, the character does not really have his own arc. So in order to make a good movie, there has to be a supporting cast that audience can root for.
The filmmaker describes the franchise as a love story between “real people falling in love.” The pirate comes every now and then to crash the party.
In Dead Men Tell No Tales, Ronning was keen to introduce a relationship between a new pair of protagonists. In Henry (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina (Kaya Scodelario), the director hopes that fans will be able to form a connection.
“In the middle of a big action scene, you need to be able to lean on the characters and find the heart of that story and channel the characters’ vulnerability,” he stated. Moreover, the upcoming movie remains a story of a sear for identity. Both Henry and Carina, like Will Turner once upon a time, are just looking for who they really are.
As for Will and Elizabeth, Ronning also promised that fans will not be disappointed with the emotional impact of their return. In a new TV spot, Knightley made a brief appearance to confirm her involvement in the new movie.
Jack Sparrow Loses His Title
Meanwhile, Jack Sparrow is going to be in a pickle. While Salazar and his undead crew scour the Seven Seas to find the pirate, viewers will find Jack Sparrow stripped of his captaincy.
In an interview with SFX Magazine (via Games Radar), Ronning revealed that the pirate has lost his mojo. He shared that when the story picks up, viewers will find that the notorious pirate is no longer at the ocean. Instead, he is now a “land pirate.” Moreover, he is very much alone and miserable.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens on May 26 in theaters worldwide. The movie is co-directed by Espen Sandberg. In the meantime, watch Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow surprise fans at Disneyland:
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