Friday, March 30, 2007

Beginning of the end

The third installment of the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is ready to hit the screen soon

When it rains, it should pour. At least that’s what Hollywood believes. Not the actual rain though, but the rain of moolah! Some years back Disney Studio released a film called Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. It was not one of those studio box-office hits. But the swashbuckling saga at the high seas, with Johnny Depp in his most successful role ever as Captain Jack Sparrow did rake moolah. After it was an official big hit, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the studio thought why not make it bigger. So they planned, not one, but two sequels together making it a trilogy. But there was not much to tell in the saga, except for ingenious action sequences and state-of-the-art photography. So they decided to split one single film into two. (The idea was taken from The Matrix. After the success of the first film, the producers made two more films with a single storyline in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions!)
So here comes the last part of The Pirates of the Caribbean, called At World’s End. The trailers are already out and the film releases in Indian on May May 25th.
Directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the film reunites stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Naomie Harris and, introduces Chow Yun-Fat as a brand new addition to the Pirates story.
The film picks up where the record-breaking 2006 smash hit left off, with heroes Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones’ locker. With the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman, and its commander Davy Jones under the control of the East India Trading Company, there is havoc on the Seven Seas. Navigating through treachery, betrayal and wild waters, the heroic trio must forge their way to exotic Singapore and confront the cunning Pirate Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat). Now headed beyond the very ends of the earth, each must ultimately choose a side in a final titanic battle – as not only their lives and fortunes, but the entire future of the freedom-loving Pirate way hangs in the balance.
Good news for us Indian audience is that the film is being released in India at the same time it is released worldwide. So we don’t have to wait much as we do for most Hollywood movies (Just for record, the same thing was done for Revolutions as well.). But we can’t wait for the day, anyway! Herald Desk

Pirates trivia

Some scenes of the film were filmed during the making of Dead Man’s Chest (2006) so that the locations wouldn’t have to be revisited by the crew.
The added attraction of the third installment is an appearance by aging Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards, who was part of Depp’s acting inspiration, as Sparrow’s father. He has been pursued for a cameo appearance since the first installment of the series.
The crew built a sixty foot replica of the front half of the Black Pearl on the back of a semi trailer in the salt flats of Utah for a shoot with the Shadow of the Pearl. The shoot was scheduled for 19 days, it took 4.

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